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Travel Bubble Pause Extended

Travel Bubble Pause Extended

Posted June 17, 2021
Travel , Health

Media Release: Ministry of Health

The pause in Quarantine-Free Travel (QFT) with Victoria will remain in place until 11.59pm (NZT) Tuesday 22 June.

While the overall risk is low, Ministry of Health officials confirm the situation in Victoria is continually changing and health risks remain.

There will be a further review of the QFT pause on Friday 18 June, and unless there are any significant developments, the travel pause with Victoria will likely lift and Quarantine-Free Travel will resume from Wednesday 23 June.

Anyone who is eligible can return from Melbourne to New Zealand on a “green flight”, meaning they will not be required to into managed isolation when they arrive home. However, they must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. A PCR (or RT-PCR test) is required.

PCR pre-departure tests are the gold standard test for COVID-19. Since travellers from Australia do not go into managed isolation and can move freely around New Zealand, we require the most accurate COVID-19 test available from them prior to boarding their flight. PCR (or RT-PCR) tests are widely available and affordable in Australia.

Go to the Unite Against COVID-19 website to find out if you are eligible to fly on a ‘green flight’. You must also:

have a pre-departure test (PCR test) within 72 hours of departure to New Zealand.

complete the Nau Mai Rā travel declaration

complete the health declaration to confirm you have not visited a location of interest.

If you have been at a location of interest in either Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland, you are not able to travel to New Zealand until 14 days after you visited the location.

Visit the pre-departure testing page on the Unite Against COVID-19 website to learn more.

Transiting via Melbourne:

Anyone transiting Melbourne airport prior to flying to New Zealand as part of a multi-leg journey, must declare and present evidence of a negative pre-departure test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to New Zealand. This is because by transiting the airport they have been in the Greater Melbourne area.