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AUSSIE-KIWI TRAVEL CORRIDOR TO OPEN OCTOBER 16

Original date of publication: October 5, 2020

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Kemwel - Leaders from Australia and New Zealand recently announced that they will be designating a travel corridor between the two nations beginning October 16. For the time being, though, only Kiwis will be allowed to travel across the Tasman Sea to the states of New South Wales and the North Territory in Australia.

Not only can Kiwis therefore look forward to renting cars in Sydney, Newcastle or Alice Springs over the Kemwel booking engine but also no hotel quarantine at their expense.

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Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack of Australia justified this decision on October 2 in Canberra based on the low risks coming from neighboring New Zealand that has practically eradicated the virus.

For the official, there is practically no risk of transmission coming from Kiwis since there aren’t any “hotspots” in the country. Under this Aussie system, a city is considered to be a hotspot if it has an average of 10 locally-transmitted coronavirus cases over three day, according to Australian Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly’s criterion.

Moving forward, this is the first stage in which McCormack hopes to be a “trans-Tasman bubble,” which is only one-way for now. For Kiwis, this means they can avoid Australia’s mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine policy for new arrivals.

Travel to Australia has been a contentious matter considering that thousands of nationals have reportedly been stranded overseas due to strict border policies capping international arrivals to only 4,000 a week. This agreement will reportedly free up space for an additional 325 passengers a week to come home.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has also made it clear that Kiwis will need to quarantine upon arrival back from Australia. Instead she encourages nationals to “spend their dollars locally” before considering international travel. Safety is the number one factor as far as quarantine-free travel for Aussies in New Zealand goes.

"We will not open the borders for quarantine-free travel with Australia until it is safe to do so because doing it too early risks losing all of the freedoms that we already have in our economy," she said.

The two countries have experienced the brunt of COVID differently. New Zealand recorded 1,848 cases, one of the lowest rates in the world, with 25 deaths. Comparatively Australia saw more than 27,000 and experienced 888 deaths.

References

  • CNN Travel: The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble is finally here - but it's only one-way for now 
  • CNN Travel: Thousands of Australians stranded overseas in the face of government's stringent border controls
  • BBC: Coronavirus: Australia opens 'travel zone' to New Zealanders