New Zealand extends travel bubble suspension with Australia for another 5 days


The New Zealand (NZ) government has announced that the suspension of the cross-Tasman travel bubble will be extended for another five days.

Flights to Australia will resume on Sunday, July 4, at 11:59 pm (NZT) to Victoria, South Australia (SA), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Tasmania. However, it is constantly under review and is subject to change.

“Today’s health advice is that at this point, the prevalence of COVID-19 in those regions of Australia appears to be curtailed,” said the COVID-19 Minister. Chris Hypkins said In the statement. “There is strong monitoring, testing, and contact tracking to detect and manage cases, and appropriate border controls are in place to prevent the spread of new cases.”

Hypkins said the suspension between the other four Australian states and territories (New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, Western Australia (WA) and Northern Territory (NT)) will continue, the New Zealand Cabinet. Will pause again on Tuesday, July 6th.

“The risk assessments for each state and territory have been completed,” says Hipkins. “Currently, New South Wales is considered the most risky, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are more risky than we are happy with, South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria are us. Matches the category of Green Flight in Australia. “

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COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to the media at a post-ministerial press conference in Parliament on June 28, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images)

Travelers going to New Zealand must have a negative pre-departure test and must not visit Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia after 10:30 pm on June 26. ..

The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time. That is, you must take a sample and return the results within 3 days.

The overall suspension of travel bubbles in New Zealand and Australia began on June 26, in response to some highly infectious cases of Delta strains nationwide. Initially it was planned to be lifted on the night of June 29th.

“This short pause gives us time to better understand the developing situation and consider the potential implementation of various measures to make the bubble safer.” Hypkins said June 26th.

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