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Australia and New Zealand's travel bubble officially opens April 18

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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New Zealand will allow Australians to travel to the country quarantine-free, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference Tuesday, April 6.

(CNN) — New Zealand will allow Australians to travel to the country quarantine-free, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference Tuesday, April 6.

The travel bubble is set to begin on Sunday, April 18 at 11:59 pm, Ardern added.

Australia has allowed New Zealand travelers to enter without quarantine, and New Zealand is now following suit.

The prime minister also said travel "will not be what it was pre-covid", explaining flights could be suspended again in a case of a new outbreak or travelers might be asked to take a PCR test or quarantine upon arrival, depending on the nature and origin of the infections.

Ardern also said travelers coming from Australia will board "green zone" flights.

"[This] travel bubble represents a start of a new chapter in our covid response and recovery, one that people have worked so hard at.

The plan was first floated in October 2020, but then became a one-way bubble when another wave of cases struck Australia, meaning New Zealanders could travel to Australia mostly without issue but that Aussies could not go to New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Fiji announced its goal to create a "Bula bubble" with other countries in the region, including both Australia and New Zealand, but the idea has yet to get off the ground floor.

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