Oz, NZ to partially open borders

Canberra, October 2

Australia and New Zealand on Friday announced a partial opening of their borders to travel between the neighboring countries.

Passengers will be able to fly to the Australian cities of Sydney and Darwin without going into quarantine from October 16 if they have spent at least two weeks in parts of New Zealand that are not considered to be a Covid-19 hot spot, Transport Minister Michael McCormack said. But New Zealand will continue to insist on travellers from Australia going into hotel quarantine for two weeks on arrival. “We want to open up Australia to the world,” McCormack said. “This is the first part of it.”

The two countries separated by the Tasman Sea have long said the return of international travel would begin with a so-called Trans-Tasman Bubble. Australian authorities have concluded that New Zealand posed a low risk of COVID-19 transmission to Australia, McCormack said. — AP

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