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6 Aprile 2021

Australia - Nuova Zelanda

TRANS-TASMAN TRAVEL BUBBLE OPENS BUT WITH CONDITIONS

Australians will be able to travel quarantine-free to New Zealand from April 19, the first country they will be able to freely visit after the international border slammed shut more than a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the two-way trans-Tasman travel bubble will open in less than a fortnight, with a traffic light system in place for responding to outbreaks in Australia. Ms Ardern said New Zealand officials were confident in their ability and that of Australian authorities to manage an outbreak. However, travellers could find themselves stranded if the border is closed because of an outbreak. The Morrison government has allowed travellers from New Zealand to visit Australia without undertaking 14 days hotel quarantine since October, although halted it for a few days in February after an outbreak in Auckland. However, the major deterrent has been New Zealand’s insistence that those returning from Australia still needed to undertake the equivalent of their hotel quarantine process. Under the traffic light system, flights will continue even if there is a small outbreak that can be linked back to border or quarantine workers. However, if an Australian premier imposes a short snap lockdown in response to an outbreak, as Queensland did last week, Ms Ardern said flights may be paused to that state for up to 72 hours. And in a red light scenario, flights could be suspended indefinitely when there are multiple cases with an unknown source and a protracted lockdown is enforced. If flights are paused, travellers may be asked to undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 test, self-isolate at home or go into New Zealand’s managed quarantine system.     (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: AFR