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COVID-19: Trans-Tasman travel update

COVID-19: Trans-Tasman travel update

This is the latest update on the trans-Tasman quarantine travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.

As you will remember the travel bubble was suspended following the recent outbreak and consequent lockdown that started in Sydney New South Wales, but has gone on to affect a number of other states. The initial pause was for 72 hours.

Current restrictions on Trans-Tasman bubble as of 1 July, 2021

  • Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia is paused until at least 11:59pm (NZT) on Tuesday 6 July.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Tasmania, ACT, Victoria and South Australia will resume from 11:59pm (NZT) on Sunday 4 July.
  • Travellers also must not have been in New South Wales on or after 11:59pm on 22 June or in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia on or after 10:30pm on 26 June 2021.
  • Negative pre-departure tests will be required to enter New Zealand if you have been in Australia for more than 72 hours.

Note that there is a bit of a disconect between the NSW lockdown which runs through until 9 July, and the trans-tasman pause, that currently terminates on 6 July.

2PAXfly Takeout

Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.

I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.

Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.

What’s the bet it gets extended to at least 9 July. What, no takers?

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