Australia-New Zealand travel bubble begins, Singapore next possibility

The Transtusman travel bubble begins on Sunday night, with the first flight from Sydney to Auckland taking off around 7 am on Monday.

After more than a year of strict border restrictions, all residents of Australia and New Zealand may travel to other countries without quarantine, including foreigners, as long as they meet relevant health and border crossing requirements. I can do it.

“Today’s milestone is to benefit both Australians and New Zealanders, to keep people safe and to boost the economy in time for Anzac Day,” said Scott Morrison. statement on Monday.

“Both countries have done a great job of protecting our community from COVID, and two-way flights are an important step in our path.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shared joy in reopening the border.

“It’s really exciting to start a trip without quarantine in Australia. Welcome and enjoy New Zealand with returning family, friends and vacationers,” he said in a joint statement.

“The bubble marks an important step in reconnecting the two countries with the world. It should take some time for us all to be very proud.”

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Travelers will take a selfie before leaving for New Zealand at Sydney International Airport on April 19, 2021. (SaeedKhan / Getty Images)

To use travel bubbles, all passengers must have spent the last two weeks in either of the two countries and have not returned a positive Covid-19 test or showed Covid-19 symptoms during the period. there is.

However, travelers need to be in a hurry to prepare for planned interruptions in case something goes wrong.Related information can be found in Australia Smartraveller Website and New Zealand Unite against COVID-19 website.

Singapore and other Pacific island nations are likely to be the next choice for Australia’s travel bubble, with Singapore at the top of the list, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Transport Minister Michael McCormack.

“We are participating in those discussions,” McCormack told ABC on Monday. “Whether it is the Pacific Islands, Fiji, Noumea. Is it a place in Asia where COVID is less prevalent, like Taiwan, Japan, and in some cases Singapore, South Korea?”

However, he emphasized that the deployment of vaccines in Australia and other countries is important for opening borders and that travel bubble planning relies on medical advice.