Australia's Government establishes safe travel zone with New Zealand

4 October, 2020

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated (02-Oct-2020) the Australian Government is establishing a Safe Travel Zone with New Zealand. Passengers from New Zealand will be able to travel to Australia, quarantine free, from 16-Oct-2020, provided they have not been in an area designated as a coronavirus hotspot in New Zealand in the preceding 14 days. Australia's Government is defining a hotspot using a three day rolling average of three locally acquired cases per day, and any state or territory that imposes travel restrictions consistent with the Australian Government defined hotspot, will be able to participate in the Safe Travel Zone. Australia's Government reached an agreement for the quarantine travel with New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The Australian Government will provide increased Australian Border Force support at airports to support the establishment of green lanes of travel for New Zealanders and collecting information on arrivals to assist with contact tracing if required. It is expected the establishment of quarantine free travel to Australia from New Zealand will also free up space for around an additional 325 passengers a week to enter quarantine in Sydney. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]