Australians could be able to travel to New Zealand without the need to quarantine on arrival within a matter of weeks, as the Trans Tasman travel bubble looks set to open.
The New Zealand Cabinet will on Monday make its decision on when to commence two-way travel arrangements Australia, according to a report from Stuff.
Australia reopened its quarantine-free bubble to travellers coming from New Zealand on March 11 after it was closed after an outbreak in January.
However, Australians have not been able to travel to New Zealand without staying in hotel quarantine.
That could change imminently.
A paper is currently being discussed by the New Zealand Cabinet committee over what form the Trans Tasman bubble will take.
The final decisions will be undertaken early next week and flights could begin by the middle of April.
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The travel bubble would allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries without having to undergo mandatory two week quarantine on arrival.
While using the bubbles, both countries will retain the right to stop flights if an outbreak occurs.
The report also claims New Zealand airports would be split into “green zones” and “red zones”.
Green zones will be used by bubble travellers, and domestic travellers who don’t have to quarantine.
Red zones will be used by travellers who have come from other overseas countries and are in transit or moving to quarantine facilities.
The expected announcement will mean a tight turnaround for airlines. New Zealand’s COVID-19 Recovery Minister said airlines require ten days to be ready for the travel bubble.
The report claims it could take airlines up to three weeks to be prepared for the flights.
Flights will be arriving at Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
The report also claims Kiwis will be warned of possible lockdowns if they travel to Australia in the unlikely event they are caught in a coronavirus cluster.
“If the New Zealand government doesn’t wish Australians to visit New Zealand and spend money in Queenstown or Wellington or other parts of the country, that’s a matter for them,” Mr Morrison said.
“But if Australians can’t go to Queenstown, I’m hoping they’ll go to Cairns.”