Aussies no longer need an exemption to travel to New Zealand – but New Zealand travel bubble is still on pause.
The Morrison Government has changed emergency legislation to allow Australians to travel to New Zealand without any kind of exemption.
But now the ball is in Jacinda Ardern’s court, who has not yet agreed to quarantine-free travel between the two countries.
Ardern said New Zealanders were “nervous” to open the border, but a decision would be made on April 6.
Australians are not being restricted by the Morrison Government from travelling to New Zealand and quarantining, and will not need to quarantine in Australia on their return.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia was “ready for any potential travel bubble with New Zealand”.
“We have facilitated so that Australians can leave Australia if and when New Zealand is at a point where they feel comfortable to receive Australians without quarantine,” he said.
Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy said he knew New Zealanders were concerned about State border closures and more certainty was needed
“We know we have to give New Zealanders certainty,” he said.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said he would not hesitate to close the borders should other States have outbreaks.
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