Australia could have a quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand by mid-April with the decision being made as soon as Monday.
Currently, discussions are underway in an NZ Cabinet committee on the possibility of opening borders between the two countries. The idea has been up in the air for months now, but the decision may finally be made next week.
If the decision goes ahead, airports will be divided into ‘green zones’ and ‘red zones’. Green zones are for free, open travel, whereas red zones will be for overseas travellers, not from the travel bubble, who will need to quarantine.
With everyone so excited about the possibility of travelling abroad, the NZ COVID-19 Recovery Minister Chris Hipkins told Parliament yesterday that Auckland airport would require 10 days to be ready for the bubble, and airlines have said that they would require three weeks to prepare and be ready to take flight.
The travel bubble would fly from Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.
If NZ permits the travel bubble, Australia will have to remove their ban on Aussies travelling to NZ to make it reciprocal. Currently, only Victoria and NSW will be allowing quarantine-free travel from NZ. Though it is expected that the other states will open their doors.