Pause on quarantine travel with Victoria extended
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Posted June 10, 2021
Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s pause on Quarantine-Free Travel with Victoria will continue for a further 7 days.
While the overall risk is low, extending the QFT pause for a further week is in line with the continued restriction on travel for anyone in the Greater Melbourne area. Other factors taken into consideration:
93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters;
More than 15,000 close contacts identified.
At least three cases remain where an epidemiological link to the border is still to be confirmed.
Those stranded in Melbourne may be eligible to return home on ‘green flights’ departing Melbourne for New Zealand. There is availability on these flights for the next seven days.
To book or transfer a ticket to one of these flights, contact your airline directly. The cost of booking or transferring to a ‘green flight’ is the responsibility of the traveller.
Pre-departure testing has been introduced for some travellers who must be able to provide a valid PCR testing report at check-in.
Find out if you can travel to New Zealand, and information about the managed return flights from Melbourne, on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
There are no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.
There is one new case to report in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities since the Ministry’s last update yesterday.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is two.
One previously reported case has now recovered.
Since 1 January 2021, there have been 70 historical cases, out of a total of 525 cases.
The total number of active cases in New Zealand today is 24.
The total number of confirmed cases is 2,341.
Queensland and New South Wales travellers
Queensland public health officials last night announced a new positive COVID-19 case in a person who breached Victoria lockdown rules and travelled from Melbourne, through regional New South Wales and into Queensland.
The husband of this positive case had originally tested negative but serology results in the past 24 hours showed that the couple are both towards the end of their illness.
The couple travelled through the New South Wales towns of Dubbo, Forbes, Gillenbah and Moree between June 1-4, and in Queensland through Toowoomba, Caloundra, Buddina and Baringa between June 5-8.
Anyone in New Zealand who was in these areas at those times is urged to check these websites to determine whether they were at any of the locations of interest at the specified times:
Anyone at these locations of interest at the specified times should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 , get tested and self-isolate until they return a negative result.
Anyone who was at a location of interest at the specified times also cannot not travel to New Zealand within 14 days of the exposure event.