COVID-19: Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand suspended for 3 more days
Earlier this week, the Australian government suspended the one-way travel bubble into Australia because of an outbreak of a more transmissible strain of COVID-19 at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, one of New Zealand’s quarantine hotels. The initial suspension was for three days (72 hours) and would have expired today, Thursday at 2 pm.
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Today, Michael Kidd, the acting chief medical officer announced that the suspension would be extended for another three days through until Sunday 31 January 2021.
Test and isolate
There have been 12 arrivals in Australia of people who were resident in the Pullman Hotel at the relevant time. 3 have travelled on to Hong Kong and the remaining 9 are currently located in NSW (7) and Queensland (2). All are being located, contacted, tested and isolated.
Kidd is requesting that anybody who has arrived from New Zealand since 9 January get tested and self isolate until a negative result is notified. That advice applies especially to anyone who stayed at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.
If you are planning trans-Tasman or international travel in the next 12 months – and who isn’t? – then this is a great way to earn Gold with Air New Zealand, and for getting gold recognition on 26 Star Alliance members from Singapore Airlines and Thai to Asiana, ANA and Lufthansa.
Air New Zealand fares appear significantly lower than Qantas at the moment, in most classes, so why not save some money, and match your status? You will also travel on either their 787 or brand new A321neo’s compared to Qantas A330’s where you might have to endure the flying kangaroo’s business suite product (ironic yuk!)
It seems like it’s status match nirvana at the moment.
Those Kiwi’s won’t be happy, but it is a necessary cautionary evil. Lets hope that the suspension is lifted on Sunday.