New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that Australian and New Zealand residents can travel between the two nations without having quarantine starting April 19.
“The trans-Tasman bubble represents the start of a new chapter in our COVID response and recovery, one that people have worked so hard for, and this makes New Zealand and Australia relatively unique,” Ardern told reporters.
Ardern however said that the border may be closed again if there will be further outbreaks.
Currently, all travelers entering New Zealand must quarantine for 14 days.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the move means more jobs on the ground and in the air as well for our airlines.
“This is the first of many more steps to come, I believe, as we get back to a normal, not only over the course of this year but beyond,” he told reporters.
“We are in no position to be outlining where the next will be… We have looked at places like Singapore and Japan and South Korea and countries like these, but at this stage, we are not in a position to move forward on any of those,” he added.