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Travel from New Zealand South Island to be allowed without COVID quarantine

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Travellers from the South Island of New Zealand will be ready to arrive in Australia without spending two weeks in quarantine from Wednesday. 

The trans-Tasman journey bubble has been suspended for numerous months due to COVID-19 outbreaks in each Australia and New Zealand.

The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly introduced New South Wales and Victoria had agreed to settle for some arrivals.

“Looking on the state of affairs within the South Island of New Zealand, the place they’ve not had any circumstances since final yr, there is excellent work being executed to cease folks from the North Island going to the South Island, so that isn’t a danger,” Professor Kelly stated.

“We hope to enable anybody who’s been within the South Island of New Zealand, whether or not they’re Australians, New Zealanders or different nationalities — so long as they have been there for 14 days — to are available in quarantine free.

Travellers heading to New Zealand from Australia nonetheless want to quarantine for a fortnight on arrival.

On Friday, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet introduced he would abolish resort and residential quarantine for vaccinated travellers getting into his state.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was fast to insist the Premier’s resolution wouldn’t imply everybody may enter the nation by means of Sydney, and argued the relief of restrictions would initially be prolonged to Australian residents, residents and their speedy relations solely.

Health Minister Greg Hunt stated discussions had been underway with different nations for “inexperienced lane”, or quarantine-free, journey.

“We are in categorical dialogue with Singapore,” Mr Hunt stated, noting he had met with the nation’s well being minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday.

“We had been discussing exactly this, an expedited inexperienced lane journey proposal for absolutely vaccinated travellers from Singapore.

“That’s underneath, I’d name it speedy improvement — they’re clearly a extremely refined society, they’ve an excellent deal with on the illness.”

Mr Hunt stated broader worldwide journey was nonetheless a means off.

“Phase one is the opening up of double vaccinated journey for Australians to depart, and for Australia residents and speedy household to come again,” he stated.

“Phase two is for precedence visa holders … similar to college students and precedence staff.

“Phase three would be for absolutely vaccinated worldwide travellers, that would come with tourism, to arrive.”

The minister stated progress on that will be made in coming months, because the vaccination program progressed and well being officers deemed it protected.

Any choices to open up to unvaccinated travellers would observe.