Australians taking advantage of the Transtusman travel bubble loophole may face prisons

Australians who choose to travel from New Zealand to other destinations through the loopholes in the newly opened Trans Tasman travel bubble may face prisons under the new biosecurity legislation.

on Monday, Biosecurity Act We warn that Australians may face “civil punishment” when traveling from New Zealand to other countries.

by Australian Parliament websiteAnyone who violates the rules will face five years’ imprisonment and / or a $ 63,000 fine. This explains the law.

“A person who knowingly engages in an act that violates a requirement or instruction commits a criminal offense punished by imprisonment for 5 years and / or a fine of 300 penalty units ($ 63,000),” he says.

Australians cannot travel abroad without an exemption except for a trip to New Zealand, but New Zealand officials have said they will not stop Australians from leaving the country.

A New Zealand Customs spokesperson told 9News that it has no power to prevent Australians from leaving New Zealand.

“This is a domestic issue for the Australian Government’s Immigration and Border Protection Agency,” said a spokesperson. “New Zealand Customs Service has no role or authority to prevent Australian citizens from further departures from New Zealand to overseas destinations.”

Unlike Australians, who have been banned from traveling abroad since March 2020, Kiwi is only advised not to do so.

A spokesperson for the Australian Border Guard told 9News that Australians who want to travel to other destinations via New Zealand must apply for an outward travel exemption and face the potential risk of not returning. Told.

“People traveling from New Zealand to another international destination should be aware that it may be difficult to return to Australia or New Zealand due to current passenger limits and flight availability. ..

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Travelers depart for New Zealand at Sydney International Airport on April 19, 2021 as Australia and New Zealand open a travel bubble without Trans-Tasman quarantine. (Saeed Khan / Getty Images)

Over 100,000 Australians Exemption granted Leave the country from March 25th to December 31st, 2020. Reasons for exemption include long-term overseas travel, business trips, and family issues.

An additional 34,000 Australians are returning to Australia due to restrictions on return travelers.

Meanwhile, workers at Auckland Airport in New Zealand expressed concern about the safety of the bubble, with a positive CCP virus test just one day after the bubble opened.

However, officials from both countries have assured the public that the incident will not affect the newly opened travel bubble.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters that “all signs” indicate that the incident was not related to Australia’s new arrival. She also said she didn’t think it would close the travel bubble with Australia.

Tasmanian health officials also said they did not expect the first flight between the capital city of Hobart and New Zealand scheduled for Thursday to be affected by the new incident.

Tasmania’s director of public health, Mark Beich, said state health officials would meet with New Zealand officials this afternoon to discuss the latest information.