New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday announced the measure, but did not exclude that, in the event of potential outbreaks, the ‘bubble’ will be lifted again. “People need to have a plan for the possibility of the trip being interrupted in the event of an outbreak,” he warned.
Both Australia and New Zealand, however, will maintain the two weeks of isolation in hotels and centers enabled for travelers from other nations.
Both countries, which closed their borders since March 2020, had already opened in October a one-way travel ‘bubble’ that allowed New Zealanders to enter the neighboring country without quarantine, although they had to go through a period of isolation in the opposite direction.
The two oceanic nations started talking about the issue in April last year and are two of the countries that best contained the covid-19 pandemic, taking swift action, including closing international borders and preventive confinement.
Australia has so far recorded almost 30,000 infected and 909 dead, most of them due to the outbreak in the city of Melbourne in mid-2020. New Zealand has accumulated more than 2,200 cases and 26 deaths.
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