The much lauded trans Tasman bubble commencement date is still another two weeks away from being announced.
The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed in a press conference today that the start date for the quarantine free travel bubble between Australia and her country will be announced on April 6.
There have already been 12 meetings between the two countries to address the bubble requirements. The New Zealand government is now preparing for a state by state bubble.
“We will have to work with different circumstances in different states” said Ardern of the decisions yet to be finalised.
“This change of approach isn’t without risk, we may shut down one way and leave travellers stranded on either side of the Tasman.”
“We will see the complexity when we see singular decisions made on one side that can leave travellers stranded,” said the New Zealand Prime Minister who warned of a flyer beware element to travel.
“Often there is very little notice when travel ceases and we’ll have to operate on the same basis, if we want to maintain a situation where we don’t have Covid in New Zealand.”
Meanwhile, the Australian Government has amended the travel exemption previously required to travel to New Zealand during Covid. The law now still requires Australians to obtain a travel exit visa globally but not for New Zealand.