New timetable reveals when Aussies may be able to travel overseas

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

The Trans Tasman travel bubble is a special arrangement being made between the national governments of Australia and New Zealand, with other smaller Pacific nations to join.

Some 45 health experts and airline, airport and border-agency representatives working on the travel bubble aim to give their recommendations to the New Zealand and Australian governments by the second week of June, Mr. Tasker said.

The taskforce recently approved a timetable covering domestic travel and events, and possible worldwide travel resumption dates.

"The timeline that we've plotted includes building capacity in hospitality venues, and then building capacity from a tourism and travel perspective". He declined to give specifics. Compared to the United States and other European countries, these two have handled the pandemic outbreak well.

Parker said the reestablishment of tourism and business between the neighbours would also be good for both country's brand values, in particular in protecting New Zealand's tourism brands.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says "it won't be too long" until a trans-Tasman travel bubble will be implemented.

Prior to the pandemic in 2019, Australians comprised 40% of all global arrivals to New Zealand, with 1.5 million venturing across the ditch for business or leisure. New Zealand has registered 21 coronavirus deaths and 1,154 infections, and the country has now gone five days without any new cases. "They have very few cases now".

Lee said in his Facebook post that in April, Singapore received 20 tonnes of New Zealand's fine produce, while New Zealand received medical supplies on the return journey.

Australia and New Zealand are inextricably linked in many ways...except maybe for rugby...

Establishing travel between Australia and New Zealand would provide knowledge and experience that could be applied more widely though future setups with countries would look different, Mr. Tasker said.

"The reality is that we need to have these venues open, as you say, in order to service the tourists that will come either domestically or hopefully initially through the bubble with New Zealand when the time's right". "But I think where the risks are acceptable and can be managed, we absolutely should get the aviation system and connectivity moving".

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