New Zealand could open border with Australia from end of week

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There are hopes the travel bubble will somewhat revive Australian worldwide terminals, which have been dead over the past year of the pandemic.

'We will also be undertaking random temperature checks of those arriving as an extra precaution, ' Ms Ardern said.

On Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the keenly-anticipated date for the removal of quarantine for Australian travellers.

The confirmation of a quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand means Super Rugby Trans-Tasman can start as planned on May 14.

New Zealand's tourism sector would be crossing fingers for a start before the country's next long weekend - Anzac Day, April 25.

New Zealand and Australia are among the top performers in the global battle against the virus - New Zealand has consistently topped Bloomberg's Covid resilience ranking and Australia now lies third.

Beginning Monday April 19, New Zealand's flagship carrier will go from the current schedule of just four Auckland-Sydney return flights, to 23 weekly return flights between the two cities.

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Australians are free to travel to New Zealand with no mandatory quarantine from 11.59pm 18 April.

Australian tourists visiting the country during the ski season and school holidays would "really matter" to struggling industries in New Zealand, Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said during a breakfast show also on 1News.

Those arrangements have been suspended a number of times due to coronavirus outbreaks in New Zealand.

"One sacrifice that has been particularly hard for many to bear over the past year has not been able to see friends and family who live in Australia", she said.

"The bubble will give our economic recovery a boost and represents a world leading arrangement of safely opening up global travel while continuing to pursue a strategy of elimination and keeping the virus out".

Ms Ardern also announced a new traffic light style system to guide Kiwis while travelling overseas, saying they may be subjected to prolonged stays in Australia or quarantine on return in the event of outbreaks.

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