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COVID-19: Trans-Tasman ‘Bubble’ approved in principle by New Zealand

COVID-19: Trans-Tasman ‘Bubble’ approved in principle by New Zealand

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference today that her government is looking at allowing free travel between the Australia and New Zealand in the first quarter next year.

She has now confirmed that a travel bubble is being negotiated to open with Australia in the 1st quarter of 2021, pending the Australian government signing off, and that there are no COVID-19 outbreaks.


Well its ‘first quarter’, so as ET says – by March 2021

Ms Ardern announced yesterday the first mutual travel ‘bubble’ between New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

“If there is an outbreak in Australia — and there have been several — we’d have to arrange to bring thousands of New Zealander’s back to the country through managed isolation.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

There are also the logistics of keeping ‘bubble’ travellers and airline crew separate from other international tourists at arrival airports in New Zealand, so they can tell who is mandated to head to quarantine, and who is free to travel on outside without completing quarantine. Ardern noted that these challenges were not insurmountable.

A group known as the Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group – is already touting a blueprint on how to do it successfully. The group comprises various agencies from both governments as well as health professionals, and representatives from Airports, Qantas and Air New Zealand.

Virgin Australia also has some skin in the game, as their 737-800’s are perfectly capable of making the jump across the ‘dutch’, and New Zealand has been talked about as a candidate for their return to ‘International’ travel.

a body of water with boats and buildings in the background

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This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.


I just want to be able to use my passport. And, as anyone who’s been, knows, New Zealand is just beautiful, even without those little Hobbits.

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