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Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand: the ‘Trans-Tasman Bubble’

Written by
Kiely Thompson Caisley, New Zealand’s leading boutique employment law firm.
Authors
Simon Lapthorne
Executive partner - New Zealand
Meilun Chen
Solicitor - New Zealand
New Zealand
12.04.21
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On 6 April 2021, the New Zealand government announced that quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on 19 April 2021.

To be eligible for travel between these Australia and New Zealand, travellers must not have had a positive COVID-19 test result in the previous 14-day period, and they must not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test taken during that 14-day period.

All other travellers are still required to enter government-managed isolation and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand and must secure a place in a facility prior to travel.  Places are extremely limited and currently travellers are reporting significant difficulties in securing places to align with desired travel dates.