Australia-New Zealand travel bubble
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Due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the 2-way Trans-Tasman travel bubble was paused indefinitely.
On 24 November 2021 the New Zealand government announced plans to reopen to fully-vaccinated foreign nationals from 30 April 2022. This announcement indicates no moves to re-establish the travel bubble between the two countries.
"The bubble was a construct that was established when there was no Covid-19 in New Zealand or Australia, and that is no longer the case on either side of the Tasman," said New Zealand COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
New Zealand was the first international country to form a travel bubble with Australia.
When will the Australia-New Zealand bubble open?
The Australian-New Zealand travel bubble is currently closed to Australians.
- 24 November 2021: The New Zealand government announced the border would open to fully-vaccinated travellers from April 2022.
- 1 November: One-way quarantine travel from New Zealand to parts of Australia resumes.
- 23 July 2021: New Zealand travel bubble is temporarily closed to all of Australia.
- 16 July 2021: The Trans-Tasman travel bubble temporarily shuts to Victoria from 11:59pm 16 July 2021. The pause is being reviewed on Monday, 19 July 2021.
- 13 July 2021: The Trans-Tasman travel bubble reopens to Queensland.
- 10 July 2021: New Zealand reopens travel bubble to Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
- 5 July 2021: The NZ-travel bubble is reopened to residents of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, on the condition that they haven't visited a hotspot. A negative COVID-19 test must be submitted 72 hours before flying. Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales is set to resume on 7 July 2021.
- 28 June 2021: The NZ-travel bubble paused Australia wide until 11:59pm (AEST) Tuesday 29 June 2021.
- 22 June 2021: Quarantine-free travel to New Zealand is suspended for people from New South Wales for three days from 11:59pm on 22 June.
- 25 May 2021: Victorians were suspended for three days from travelling to New Zealand quarantine-free, beginning at 8pm 25 May 2021.
- 19 April 2021: Australians were allowed to travel, quarantine-free, to New Zealand.
- 16 October 2020: New Zealanders were allowed to travel, quarantine-free, to New South Wales and the Northern Territory. This was followed by South Australia, Queensland, the ACT and Victoria.
What rules and restrictions are in place?
If the bubble reopens, the rules are simple.
- All travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 before departure for New Zealand. This costs $200 per person.
- Travellers need to have been in Australia for at least 14 days in order to visit New Zealand.
- Passengers need to provide comprehensive contact information.
- Those showing cold or flu symptoms are not allowed to board.
- Masks must be worn when onboard the flight.
- All travellers need to download the NZ COVID Tracer app.
- Random temperature checks upon arrival in New Zealand might occur.
- Green zone flight passengers will be separate from other international arrivals at the New Zealand airports.
The two-way travel bubble will only be paused if an untraceable case is found in Australia. If there is a hot spot or an outbreak in either country, this is what is asked:
- Follow the local COVID-19 guidelines
- Monitor your symptoms
- Do a COVID-19 test prior to departure
- Self-isolate upon arrival
- In some cases, enter managed isolation
Which airlines offer flights between Australia and New Zealand?
Currently airlines are running at reduced capacity for the limited numbers of people travelling between Australia and New Zealand.
When the travel bubble was in effect a limited number of airlines were offering trans-Tasman flights between Australia-New Zealand. This included:
- Air New Zealand: Flights are departing to Auckland, Wellington, Gisborne, Hamilton, Kerikeri, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Whangarei, Christchurch, Queenstown, Blenheim, Dunedin, Hokitika, Invercargill, Nelson and Timaru. Australian capitals include Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, the Gold Coast and Brisbane
- Qantas: Auckland-Sydney, Christchurch-Sydney, Queenstown-Sydney, Dunedin-Sydney, Nelson-Sydney, Wellington-Sydney, Napier Hastings-Sydney, New Plymouth-Sydney, Palmerston North-Sydney, Queenstown-Melbourne, Christchurch-Melbourne, Nelson-Melbourne, Wellington-Melbourne, Palmerston North-Melbourne, Napier Hastings-Melbourne, New Plymouth-Melbourne, Auckland-Melbourne, Christchurch-Gold Coast, Auckland-Gold Coast, Queenstown-Gold Coast and Wellington-Gold Coast
- Jetstar: Auckland-Sydney, Auckland-Gold Coast, Wellington-Gold Coast, Christchurch-Melbourne, Auckland-Melbourne, Christchurch-Gold Coast, Queenstown-Gold Coast, Queenstown-Sydney and Queenstown-Melbourne
Can I still earn frequent flyer points?
Yes. All flights booked and flown still earn you frequent flyer points. You can also still use points for future bookings. If you do, it's worth looking into flexible flight options in case your flight needs to be rescheduled.
Can I get travel insurance for coronavirus?
While most policies now exclude coronavirus-related claims such as flight cancellations, there are a few insurers that will cover your medical expenses if you contract the virus overseas.
To cover your booking-related expenses, your best bet right now is to look out for flexible booking options.
As a result of the pandemic, numerous airlines, hotels, online travel agents and cruise lines have established fee-free cancellation and change policies. These allow you to cancel your plans without penalty or postpone them to a later date – again, without penalty.
As the travel bubble increases, we may see insurance policies change to incorporate COVID-19 related claims.
We'll update this page as details come in.
How much will travel to New Zealand cost?
Qantas flights are currently sitting at a starting price of $358 one way. We checked the prices prior to the NZ bubble announcement and you're now saving over 40% on each leg.
"Restarting flights to New Zealand is about more than starting to rebuild our international network, it's about reconnecting families and friends and getting more of our people back flying again", Qantas international and domestic CEO Andrew David said.
"Hopefully, stories of missed weddings and birthdays on either side of the ditch will now be a thing of the past".
Air New Zealand is also bringing one-way fares from $318 each way. This comes in at 20% cheaper than Jetstar's $399 seats available from late May.
Save on your next fare by checking out all the latest flight sales between Australia and New Zealand.
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