NSW and Victoria reopen quarantine-free travel to NZ’s South Island


Australia reopens quarantine-free travel to New Zealand’s South Island – but only two states welcome Kiwi visitors and Aussies stranded over the ditch when borders were closed

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Trans-Tasman family reunions are back on the cards with Australia reopening quarantine-free travel for many Kiwis.

The National Chief Health Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has announced that the Australian government has reopened quarantine-free travel from New Zealand’s South Island, which has had no Covid-19 cases since last year.

From Tuesday evening, quarantine-free travel will start.

Professor Kelly said NSW and Victoria will accept Kiwis but did not name other states during a news conference on Sunday.

Kiwis from the South Island flying over the Tasman must return a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the departure time, proving they have been fully vaccinated and have not been New Zealand North Island for any period of the past 14 days

The Australian government is continuing to suspend flights in the green zone from New Zealand’s North Island until November 1, following a further spread of locally acquired cases.

The news comes after the New Zealand government hinted it could relax international border rules for Christmas.

More to come.

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