Australia and New Zealand may create a trans-Tasman travel bubble

Australians may be allowed to travel overseas sooner than we may have thought.

Australia and New Zealand in talks over creating a trans-Tasman travel bubble

Australia and New Zealand are in talks about opening borders to each other and creating a trans-Tasman bubble that could mean we can resume international travel sooner than first thought.

Reopening borders has been touted as a “serious possibility”, according to news.com.au.

Both nations have shut their borders to overseas arrivals but have also had success in containing COVIOD-19, prompting talks of a trans-Tasman corridor being opened for Australians and New Zealanders.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week said the country had all but eliminated the virus as a result of its nationwide shutdown. There were just 15 new cases in New Zealand on Tuesday, down from a peak 89 daily cases. She has announced that level four lockdown restrictions will be lifted next week, and some businesses and schools will reopen thereafter.

trans tasman map

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said borders will stay closed “until we see a worldwide vaccine that is working”, but that an open border with Australia was possible.

“Our figures with Australia, it’s almost as if we’ve got a trans-Tasman bubble between our two countries, and if the figures keep on going that way, then that is a serious possibility,” he said.

“We are very, very mindful that any travel between our countries cannot imperil the safety and health and the good of the local people.

“That is a critical caveat … and, because of the closeness of our governments over the years and the decades, that we should be working, I believe, more cooperatively if we can.

“We can help each other, and whether talking about tracking or tracing or localised lockdowns, or whether we’re talking (when) ongoing testing will stop, we can share information and perhaps together, do even better than we are doing now.”

In Australia, new infection numbers are now below 50 cases a day.

But, even with the number of infections trending in the right direction, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were no active plans to change Australia’s current border polices.

“We are aware of their interest in that. It has not got much beyond that,” he said.

“So we are aware of that, but we are not at present contemplating any border changes at the moment.

“We will work closely with New Zealand; we have all along.”

Ms Ardern said her priority was not opening borders but reducing the spread of coronavirus.

“Both of us have the same goal in mind at the moment – get it under control in our own countries and then we can talk about together what we’re able to achieve,” she said.

“For both of us, I anticipate the border restrictions will be present for a long time, so it becomes whether or not there’s anything we can build into our border restrictions that take into account our goals to keep COVID out for both of us.”

New Zealand is regularly voted the top international destination for YourLifeChoices members, with many also placing it number one on the travel wish list.

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    Sundays
    25th Apr 2020
    7:24am
    Not yet!
    Pass the Ductape
    25th Apr 2020
    8:23am
    Totally agree - why risk everything now after such a trying time - unless you'd prefer to do it all over again.
    Paddington
    25th Apr 2020
    9:11pm
    Agree, wait to be sure and clear!
    Pass the Ductape
    25th Apr 2020
    8:20am
    This is the problem isn't it - and they wonder why people get confused and agitated. Just stick to one plan for God's sake make a decision - that way people can plan with some certainty and not try to second guess this bloody ad hoc approach to things.
    Mariner
    25th Apr 2020
    8:40am
    Let us open the state borders first, our border is 500 m away and we are not supposed to cross that at the moment. Traveling to NZ is further from my mind.
    sainter
    25th Apr 2020
    8:53am
    The very thing that was a one of if not the major cause of covid/19 in Aust and NZ was international travel,who ever is behind this push of quick change in the battle against the dangerous virus is putting Aust and NZ in danger of a second wave of this virus.I hope commonsense is the way forward with this crisis....and not just numbers are down theory,the very reason numbers are down is SOCIAL DISTANCING and the ban on international travel and local travel restrictions.
    sainter
    25th Apr 2020
    8:53am
    The very thing that was a one of if not the major cause of covid/19 in Aust and NZ was international travel,who ever is behind this push of quick change in the battle against the dangerous virus is putting Aust and NZ in danger of a second wave of this virus.I hope commonsense is the way forward with this crisis....and not just numbers are down theory,the very reason numbers are down is SOCIAL DISTANCING and the ban on international travel and local travel restrictions.
    Up front lady
    25th Apr 2020
    9:53am
    Not so fast!
    Perhaps in June if the figures are still supporting it. I am supposed to be going to Norfolk Island in late August and am quite prepared to be tested the day before to rule out any possibility of taking it there.
    So from my own point of view it would be great if it were possible but I certainly don't want to risk the numbers going up again.
    Mariner
    25th Apr 2020
    10:14am
    I would have a problem with flying, even over to Norfolk, in a plane full of people sitting close together after all this social distancing I have been doing so far. The island itself would be quite safe, not too many people there. Nice place, hope it works out for you.
    Migrant
    25th Apr 2020
    10:41am
    We are hoping to go to NZ to a grandson’s wedding in December.
    I hope they don’t lift the COVID barriers too soon , or they may have to reimpose them later.

    By the way both countries’ list of virus deaths include clusters..NZ :- 10 from a rest home, and Oz a cluster from A Cruise ship.
    Taking these out of the statistics , means the deaths are very low, and the isolation plans are working !
    In fact the deaths may be less than the usual flu season, and ,if so,
    “The Emperor has no clothes” and the pandemic has passed us by.
    Could it all have been a furphy, and a panic reaction by health officials and politicians determined to be seen as taking more decisive action than their peers
    Migran
    Paddington
    25th Apr 2020
    9:10pm
    Migrant, we have not got to the flu season yet so they are worried about that combined with the virus so the cold weather is another concern.
    clancambo
    25th Apr 2020
    10:42am
    Stupid idea!
    Stay home and spend your travel dollars in great Australian locations.
    Don't need Kiwi's coming here without quarantine either!
    Hutchess
    25th Apr 2020
    1:33pm
    Depends on your perspective. I am minding pets for friends who went to NZ beginning of Feb with an elderly aunt visiting from the UK, they are still their and waiting for the aunt to be flown back to the UK. A months holiday has now stretched to 10weeks.
    They could not leave their elderly aunt alone in a strange country, when they could have come back to OZ.and she could not enter OZ or get a flight back to the UK.
    SO I am in self isolation in the country with animals to care for. and a long way from my family and friends also.
    Hutchess
    25th Apr 2020
    1:34pm
    It is Anzac day after all.
    almost a grey hair
    25th Apr 2020
    3:27pm
    Yeh great idea, couldn't go to Europe this year due to Kung Foo Flu so how about a nice ski week in Queenstown,
    Oh wait a minute , now we are all on jobseeker we can't go o,seas without getting rock n roll cut off can we. ah well a week in snowy Mts will have to do.
    spoodle06
    25th Apr 2020
    4:32pm
    ‘Almost grey’ can I recommend a great holiday in the snowy mountains this year instead of the NZ snow field!! The snowy mountains has been under tremendous economic stress this year, first the bush fires and now Covid19. Stay home in Australia and support the economy of your fellow Australians please!
    Mariner
    25th Apr 2020
    4:53pm
    Yep, even with the state borders closed we can still get there.
    Worked hard to retire
    25th Apr 2020
    7:19pm
    Will be great to see in the near future, cant wait .
    Worked hard to retire
    25th Apr 2020
    7:19pm
    Will be great to see in the near future, cant wait .
    Bundabergian
    26th Apr 2020
    1:50pm
    I was supposed to be in NZ last week, had a big holiday booked. Am sort of over the idea now and wouldn't go in the near future even if they did open up the bubble.

    I'd like to get interstate though as we both have elderly parents there.
    Tricky Dicky
    26th Apr 2020
    9:15pm
    What a bunch of NON Australians are recording comments here. NZ has stood by us in many wars and their record with covid-19 is better than ours. Look at Coogee beach and social distancing WE BLEW IT. I can understand why they would not want to join us in travel bubble.
    State borders are slowly opening now so why can't we TRUST our Kiwi Cousins we are not Europe and far from it. so how about it true blue Aussie who lookout for their mates. Their economy has been hit worse than ours and we CAN help each other. and NOT be scared cats looking out for ourselves only


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