A restricted trans-Tasman journey bubble has opened, with the primary flight from New Zealand touching down in Australia earlier.
Passengers on the primary business flight between the 2 nations in seven months arrived at Sydney Worldwide Airport at midday native time.
Each Australia and New Zealand closed their borders in March because the Covid-19 pandemic started to unfold, with a restricted reopening now underway.
These arriving in New South Wales and the Northern Territory in Australia won’t need to quarantine – with zero instances at the moment reported in New Zealand.
Nevertheless, passengers on the return journey can be requested to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.
Sydney Airport chief government officer, Geoff Culbert, mentioned this was a primary step within the “phased strategy”.
“We’ve got not welcomed worldwide travellers to Sydney in months that haven’t needed to come by customs and go straight on to buses to a resort to quarantine,” he added.
There can be 16 flights between the 2 nations every week, with Jetstar, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways all providing journeys.
A Jetstar flight and a Qantas flight will arrive later at the moment because the bubble develops.
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