At last! The long-awaited Trans-Tasman Bubble is here from mid-April

Air New Zealand B787 ZK-NZG on approach to Perth Airport 21 March 2021

However, both Australia and New Zealand would retain Two weeks of isolation in hotels and centers for travelers from other countries.

"At this stage we're seeing the best value is available in the cities with 10 to 40 per cent off select accommodation in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington, however there are some great deals available right across New Zealand", Mr Finch said.

Speaking in Wellington on Tuesday, Ardern said the travel bubble will open at 11:59pm NZT on Sunday, April 18, or 9:59pm AEST.

"Our members have been stockpiling points during COVID for exactly these opportunities and we want to help make it easier to get on one of the first global flights", Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth announced late last month.

He said the three most popular destinations were Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, but seats were also being bought up for Perth, Hobart, and the Sunshine Coast.

Qantas plans to resume worldwide flights in October, which is the expected timeframe for Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively completed.

However, Virgin Australia has surprisingly announced it won't fly most of its New Zealand routes until 31 October, hinting that potential suspensions would add too much "complexity".

In mid-March, Prime Minister Ardern advised that the NZ Government was progressing towards a decision on the trans-Tasman bubble.

Ms Ardern confirmed that if a case was found that was quite clearly linked to a border worker in a quarantine facility and was well contained, travel would continue in the same way.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda ArdernAnnounce the action on Tuesday and set a start date Bubble both ways After months of conversations He did not rule out that in the event of an outbreak, flights would be suspended again or quarantine would be reimposed.

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Jacinda Ardern said the bubble was a "world first" arrangement. First, they must follow the guidelines given to them locally.

"When travel does resume and they're able to come to New Zealand again, they could be asked to do one of four things depending on the risk".

At the moment, the decision on an need for pre-departure testing has yet to be discussed.

How will flights be kept safe? .

"Restarting flights to New Zealand is about more than starting to rebuild our worldwide network, it's about reconnecting families and friends and getting more of our people back flying again", Mr David said.

Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders travelling to Australia had been in place since late past year, but for the competition to proceed in its original six-week format or without the need for a single hub, it had to be the same scenario for Australians travelling to New Zealand.

"And if we saw multiple cases of unknown origin, we would likely suspend flights for a set period of time", Ardern said.

Australians travelling to NZ will also have to provide authorities with extensive contact information for their stay.

Passengers will not need to be vaccinated to board trans-Tasman flights, but will be required to wear a mask and to download the New Zealand COVID tracer app.

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