Saturday, 31 October, 2020

TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today

TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today Australian borders open to travellers from New Zealand - Xinhua |
Ginger Lawrence | 17 October, 2020, 20:10

The ABC reports that 14 people who arrived in Sydney from New Zealand today as part of the Trans-Tasman bubble then caught a connecting flight to Melbourne, which was not permitted.

"We have not welcomed worldwide travellers to Sydney in months that have not had to come through customs and go straight on to buses to a hotel to quarantine", he added.

Three global flights from arrived in Sydney yesterday, and for the first time in seven months, incoming travellers from New Zealand are not required to quarantine, provided they are free of symptoms and meet other health requirements.

"We also know New Zealand tourists like to explore, and while they have traditionally favored Australia's east coast, the Territory offers unique and different experiences that could appeal to many of them". Melbourne is not included in the bubble, and is not now receiving global travellers.

"The quarantine-free flights will be for travellers originating from New Zealand who are flying from Auckland to Sydney and are not required to quarantine on arrival in Australia".

The state of Victoria is not part of that arrangement and interstate travel still requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the point of arrival in the country, the website states.

The arrivals mark a welcome development in worldwide travel arrivals, with Australia's border being closed to global arrivals since March.

However, passengers on the return trip will be asked to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.

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He got into Melbourne easily and wasn't told anything about having to quarantine or be detained.

"I don't shoot letters to the Prime Minister unless there is a need to make things formal", he said.

"I got the permit, boarded the flight, landed and answered a few questions at the border". How this happened is anyone's guess, but the individuals were stopped at the airport, and put on connecting flights back to Sydney.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told The Age he was disappointed 17 people had arrived in the state without any notice.

According to Air New Zealand, 90 per cent of the 300 tickets booked on the first flight into Australia are one-way tickets. "That's fantastic", the Prime Minister said.

But overnight Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed there were 17 passengers, and that the department "does not have legal authority to detain the travellers on arrival".

DHSS has been approached for comment.