Australia and New Zealand are all agog with the news of a to way travel bubble between the two countries to start from 11.59 pm April 18 New Zealand time. This means that from April 19th, Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand without quarantine in New Zealand or a travel exemption to leave Australia. This is a positive development which could herald similar bubbles in future with countries such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea.
However, the travel bubble is not without the risk of travel being disrupted- the NZ government has warned that flights into Australia could be suspended if there were local outbreaks. The travel bubble could also be suspended temporarily, if there are a number of community cases with an unknown source.
Passengers travelling to New Zealand will be required to have spent 14 days before the flight only in Australia. Airline crews must have only worked in low-risk routes.
The Australia-NZ travel bubble is the second in the world after the one between Taiwan and Palau island. Despite the risks, it heralds a new beginning after over a year without overseas travel and is a big step on the road to normalcy in a post Covid19 world.