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Crickey it’s great to be able to hop across the ditch and catch up with family and loved one’s again, but there is a lot to get your head around.
Here’s a guide to some of the Government information that is available to help you find answers to some of the initial questions you may have before you speak with one of our consultants.
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Two- way quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia commenced on 18 April. New Zealanders are able travel to Australia, without the need to quarantine upon their return in New Zealand (making quarantine free travel possible in either direction).
However, quarantine-free travel is not guaranteed and is subject to change at short notice, customers travel at their own risk and must be prepared for changes.
Travellers will require extra time when arriving at the airport and will need to check that they have completed all necessary documentation.
We strongly recommend that travellers review the following websites prior to booking travel and regularly check for changes prior to departure:
Travellers to NSW
Travellers to Queensland
Travellers to South Australia
Travellers to Victoria
Travellers to Western Australia
Travellers to Tasmania
Travellers to Northern Territories
Travelling from NSW and QLD on a Green Flight
Subject to meeting normal immigration requirements, please check the eligibility criteria in the following links:
New Zealand Government
Normal immigration rules will apply.
You will go through a “green zone” in the airport separated from flights from elsewhere, and the flights will be crewed by staff who have not flown on any high-risk routes within a specified time frame.
This means you won’t be in contact with people arriving from other parts of the world, green flights coming to New Zealand from Australia only carry passengers who have been in Australia or New Zealand in the past 14 days.
The airport experience will change, please check airline websites and arrival and departure airport websites for full information. At airports customers will be required to:
Airlines are recommending that customers arrive at airports earlier than normal. Air New Zealand have advised to allow time for processing of additional checks even if checking in online, their suggested times below:
When travelling from a regional New Zealand airport to connect with a flight to Australia – 2 hours prior to departure.
International – 3 hours prior to departure
For more detailed information by airport please check the links below:
The NZ Government has provided detailed information regarding what you need to do pre- travel. Please refer here
All travellers to Australia are required to complete an Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours prior to travel. More information is available here
Please also check State Government websites for additional requirements. They may have their own restrictions and requirements, so you should always check the official advice from individual Australian states.
Currently you do not need a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test to travel to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.
However, this may change you should regularly check the requirements of the state you're arriving in. (Refer above to ‘General Information’ for individual state requirements). It is possible that a pre-departure test may be required in either direction in the event of an outbreak.
At this stage a vaccine is not a requirement.
Yes, this will vary from state to state and some apps may require an Australian SIM card.
Further information by state
The New Zealand Government has provided information on what you can expect whilst travelling, including if you are unwell.
The New Zealand Government has published a list of scenarios under which quarantine free travel may be paused or suspended. The Government is using a traffic light system to illustrate how the bubble will be affected if new cases pop up in Australia.
There are three possible scenarios: continue (green), pause (orange) and suspend (red). More information is available here:
How a COVID-19 case in Australia would be managed — quarantine-free travel
This will be determined at the time by the NZ government. The government have advised that when travel restarts and they can return to New Zealand, travellers may need to do any of the following:
- Monitor your symptoms
- Get a pre-departure Covid-19 test before flying
- Self-isolate on arrival
- Go into managed isolation for up to 14 days
Fact Sheet - Quarantine-Free Travel