June 23, 2024

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New Zealand plans to open its borders to Australia

Despite the corona virus outbreak, the country of the long white cloud hopes to open a travel “bubble” with Australia in the first quarter of 2021. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister of New Zealand on Monday.

Labor leader Jacinta Artern said her government had agreed in principle to establish the arrangement between the two shores of the Tasman Sea. Both countries are not at the bottom of any new epidemics. “There are things we don’t normally take for granted” Said the Prime Minister of New Zealand. “Once the final details have been prepared, our aim is to set a date after the New Year to start non-isolated trips.”, He told reporters.

An example to follow

New Zealand closed its borders in March, after which all visitors, including Australians, must comply Two-week isolation. The effectiveness of the archipelago’s response to the epidemic was internationally acclaimed In this country of five million people, only 25 deaths are due to Govt-19. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was not only a sign that the two countries were working together, but a sign of that. “Families can see themselves on both sides again. And the planes are packed in both directions, which is good for the economy, good for the airlines and good for both countries. It will return to normal internationally.”

October 2020 first step

There will be no isolation from October for travelers coming to Australia from New Zealand. But the situation is different in the opposite direction. A few days ago, the state of Queensland was the last Australian state to allow Kiwis to enter Australian soil. In fact, From October 16, New Zealanders can travel to Australia.

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Ready to open other bubbles?

A “bubble” was already considered a few months ago between the two countries, but the project was postponed indefinitely due to the second wave of epidemics that hit the island-continent this summer. New Zealand also announced it would resume its work this weekend “Bubble” project with the Cook Islands, With the intention of opening in the first quarter of 2021. In fact, the Cook Islands are one of the few countries in the world that does not exist There are no Govt-19 cases.