Covid-19: Trans-Tasman travel bubble date to be announced on April 6

The Government will announce the date that the trans-Tasman bubble will open on April 6, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.
Ardern announced the date as her Government comes under some pressure to progress the long-delayed bubble with Australia.

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Kiwis have been able to go to some states in Australia without spending time in their managed isolation system.

She said the decision would be contingent on several criteria being met, including processes being created for an outbreak on each side, processes for contact tracing across the borders, technical issues being ironed out, and an up-to-date assessment on the health risk from Health Director General Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Australia, which usually sends about 6000 people to New Zealand a day, has mostly eradicated Covid-19 save for sparse outbreaks much like New Zealand.


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly said that the holdup is on New Zealands side, as Kiwis can currently go to some states in Australia without spending time in their managed isolation system.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the decision on when to open the trans-Tasman travel bubble would be opened would be contingent on several criteria being met.

Yet anyone coming from Australia to New Zealand must currently spend two weeks in managed isolation, often at their own expense, despite the low risk from the country.

Ardern said opening up the bubble was a priority but she knew many New Zealanders were nervous about opening up.

She spoke of each country developing its own individual armour with mass vaccinations.

Ardern said there would be a flyer beware system as those in Australia could risk being trapped there should an outbreak happen.

She was adamant that officials had been focused on the issue for almost a year and that pressure from Australia played no part in her decision-making.

More soon.

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