Trans-Tasman bubble has allowed New Zealanders and Australian to travel quarantine free for months, but the latest outbreaks have changed this…

23 July 2021
Travel-Bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been suspended

Quarantine-free travel from all states and territories is suspended. If you’re normally resident in New Zealand, limited managed return flights are in place from all states except NSW until 30 July. You’ll need a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of your international flight. If you’re in NSW, you’ll need to enter managed isolation on entry to New Zealand (see ‘Travel’).

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Quarantine-free travel from Australia is suspended

Quarantine-free travel from Australia is suspended. If you’re currently in Australia (except for in NSW) and you usually live in New Zealand, you have until 11:59pm (NZT) Friday 30 July to return home.

If you return before 11:59pm (NZT) 30 July, you will not need to go into managed isolation (MIQ) when you arrive in New Zealand.

After 30 July, eligible travellers in Australia will need to book red flights, however this may not happen immediately. These travellers will also have to book a space in MIQ.

The suspension will continue for a further 8 weeks and will be reviewed in September.

Travel information if you’re in NSW.

Moving to Australia from New Zealand

If you normally live in Australia and are currently in New Zealand on holiday

If you normally live in Australia and you’re currently in New Zealand, you can travel home to Australia. We recommend you contact your airline to confirm your booking.

If you normally live in New Zealand and want to travel to Australia

The New Zealand Government has upgraded its travel advice for everyone in New Zealand to “do not travel to Australia”, unless you usually live in Australia and you are returning home.

If you need to travel, check the requirements you must meet with the Australian Government.

New Zealand safe travel zone | 

Travel between NZ and Australia (as at 23 July 2021):

  • Quarantine-free travel from all states and territories is suspended. If you’re normally resident in New Zealand, limited managed return flights are in place from all states except NSW until 30 July. You’ll need a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test taken within 72 hours before the scheduled departure of your international flight. See NZ COVID-19 for details.
  • If you return to New Zealand on a managed return flight from NSW, you do not need a pre-departure COVID-19 test. However, you must enter a managed isolation facility for 14 days when you arrive in New Zealand. See NZ COVID-19  for more information about travel between NSW and New Zealand.
  • If you’re returning to New Zealand from Victoria, you’ll be required to self isolate immediately, have a COVID-19 test at day 3 and continue to isolate until you have a negative result.
  • COVID-19 outbreaks can occur and authorities could implement measures at short notice, which may impact your ability to move freely. Be prepared for the possibility of an extended stay or disruption to your travel.
  • New Zealand is exempt from the ban on overseas travel from Australia for travellers who have been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days prior to departure. Be prepared for the possibility of an extended stay or disruption to your travel if authorities implement measures in response to COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • If you haven’t been in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days before you travel to NZ you’ll still need to register to secure a place in managed isolation before departing for New Zealand. You’ll be required to isolate for 14 days. You may be required to contribute to the cost of your managed isolation. If you’re arriving from any location except Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, you’ll be required to provide written evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure. For further information see NZ COVID-19.
  • Travel into New Zealand from some countries is restricted. Additional measures apply if you meet the conditions to be permitted to enter New Zealand from a country considered to be very high risk.
  • If you’re transiting a country for more than 96 hours that is not on the exempt list you’ll need to be tested before leaving that country. If you’re arriving without evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or medical certificate you may incur an infringement offence fee or a fine of up to NZD1,000 (except those arriving from an exempt country).

You can see if you are eligible to enter Australia on the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs website:

What’s happening in Australia right now (24 July 2021):

NSW records 163 new cases in worst day yet

NSW has recorded yet another record day of Covid-19 cases today, with 163 new cases.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard fronted today’s press conference, begging members of the community to “please stop” mingling with other households. He also called on other states in Australia to put rivalries aside and help those in NSW deal with the crisis, which NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a “national emergency” yesterday.

Amid the concerning case numbers, the state’s lockdown is set to remain until mass vaccination, with the government considering military assistance in the meantime to stop the Delta strain spread.

According to a source quoted by the Daily Telegraph, troops may be brought in to guard barriers set up around Sydney as the government works to “harden the lockdown” and ensure safe travel out of “hot zones”.

Follow’s live coverage:

News from 30 June 2021:

Seventh Australia city locks down amid vaccine chaos

Seven Australian cities are now in lockdown as authorities scramble to prevent the spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant.

Officials reported a slight case rise on Wednesday (30 June), to more than 200 cases. Now nearly half the Australian population, more than 12 million people, are under stay-at-home (lockdown) orders in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Townsville and the Gold Coast.

On Wednesday, the outback town of Alice Springs also entered a snap lockdown after cases emerged in South Australia. Authorities fear the virus could now spread to nearby Aboriginal communities which are already vulnerable.

Across the country, state leaders said they were facing a “pressure cooker situation” as new cases emerged. Many leaders have urged faster vaccinations as just 5% of the population is currently fully vaccinated.

But messaging around the country’s main vaccine, the AstraZeneca jab, has been contradictory.

Vaccine contradictions confuse public

If you woke up in Australia today, you’d be forgiven for being confused about vaccinations. There’s been the slow rollout, the lack of supply and vaccine hesitancy. Now, add mixed messaging from the leadership to this list and you’ve got a perfect storm.

In a big U-turn on Monday (28 June) Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that anyone under 40 who wants the AstraZeneca vaccine could have it after talking to their GP.

That message was quickly rejected by the Australian Medical Association’s president, who said it took him by surprise and went against expert advice. The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends AstraZeneca for over 60s. State premiers then also accused the PM of wrong guidance, while criticising the shortage of the Pfizer alternative.

Delta has breached Australia’s defences faster than anticipated. It’s underlined how slow and at times shambolic the vaccine rollout has been.

Australia remains in an enviable position globally, with an overall low number of Covid-19 cases and deaths. But the next few weeks will be crucial, with the country’s Covid success now hanging in the balance.

The Delta variant has been found in five of eight states and territories, just a fortnight after it emerged in Sydney.

Australia had prevented wider Covid transmission for the past year through stringent measures. These included closed borders, hotel quarantine and aggressive contact tracing systems. But leaks from quarantine have highlighted gaps in the country’s defences.

It has also exposed the vulnerability of a largely unvaccinated population. Mr Morrison has been widely criticised for the vaccine rollout’s failures.

Calls to tighten Australian borders

On Wednesday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also called for a crackdown on international arrivals.

She said the state’s concerning new Delta cases had come from a business traveller from Indonesia who had infected a hospital receptionist. Three cities in the state, Brisbane, Townsville and the Gold Coast, entered a three-day lockdown on Tuesday.

“The person who brought the virus into Queensland was a regular traveller, not a vulnerable Australian returning home… I honestly think we need a serious discussion about ensuring that people are vaccinated coming into this country,” said Ms Palaszczuk.

“We have got to minimise the risk. We are at a pressure cooker moment at the moment. Right across Australia.”

Western Australia and Victoria have also called for a reassessment of arrivals allowed into the country. New South Wales recorded 22 new cases on Wednesday, taking its cluster to about 170 cases. Its capital, Sydney, and surrounding regions remain in lockdown until 9 July.

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What this means for the Trans-Tasman Bubble

The Trans-Tasman bubble is set to reopen to travellers from four Australian states next week, but with a pre-departure testing requirement (as stated above).

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said Cabinet had made the decision “in principle” to lift the pause to allow travellers from South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria to travel to New Zealand from 11.59pm on Sunday July 4.

The health advice was that the spread of Covid-19 in these parts of Australia has been “contained at this point”, he said. However, travellers from these states would be required to get a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure.

Travellers must also not have been in New South Wales on or after 11.59pm on June 22, or in Queensland, the Northern Territory, or Western Australia on or after 10.30pm on June 26. The pause on travel from these states would remain in place.

All quarantine-free travel from Australia was paused on Saturday night, due to multiple cases and outbreaks of Covid-19 in Australia.

It was the first time since the bubble began in April there was a pause on travel from the entire country.

Hipkins said detailed risk assessments have been completed for each state and territory, with New South Wales currently the highest risk state, and Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia considered a moderate risk.

These remaining pauses with these states would be reviewed by Cabinet on Monday, with a decision to be announced on Tuesday.

Hipkins said he wanted to provide greater clarity to Kiwis stuck in those states as to when they might be able to return, including those in New South Wales, where travel has been paused since last Tuesday.

Hipkins said on Friday they were working on “contingency plans” for getting these travellers home.

Government working on ‘contingency plans’ for Kiwis stuck in Sydney

Hipkins said the 12-day extension to the bubble pause would offer “some certainty” as to how much longer Kiwis currently in the state could expect to be there.

“We will work now over that 12-day period to prepare contingency plans so that should we not be in a position to remove the travel pause at that point, we will have alternative arrangements in place, which is the work that we did around Victoria.”

Hipkins was referring to the Covid-19 outbreak that saw quarantine-free travel between Victoria and New Zealand suspended in late May. In that instance, travel didn’t resume until June 22.

Kiwis who had been visiting Melbourne during this time spent two weeks in lockdown, before the Government allowed special “return green flights” to enable travellers to travel home, with a pre-departure testing requirement.

However, Hipkins said the Government would not necessarily offer the same solution for those who were now stranded in New South Wales.

“It’s a case by case basis… I couldn’t guarantee that will be the same for NSW because their situation might be different to the one Victoria found itself in.”

A stint in a managed isolation facility was one of the options on the table for NSW returnees.

“It’s one of the reasons we’ve got space set aside specifically for trans-Tasman contingency in our managed isolation facilities… so that if it looks like this is still ongoing as we get towards the end of the pause extension, then we’ll be able to provide clearer guidance for people,” Hipkins said.

NSW recorded 22 new Covid-19 cases in the community on Friday (25 June) as officials struggle to contain the highly contagious Delta variant.

The outbreak has also affected New Zealand, with Wellington forced to move to alert level 2 after a tourist from Sydney who had spent the weekend in the capital was found to have tested positive.

Read article:

COVID-19 Help for New Zealanders living in Australia

New Zealanders living in Australia are able to access payments from the Australia Government. If you were employed on the 1st of March 2020, you will need to talk to your employer regarding the below, as it is them who need to apply on your behalf.

Find information on the Australian JobKeeper payment, Employees Eligible for JobSeeker, Employers Eligible for JobSeeker, the payment process, payment timing, how to apply, the Australia Government Coronavirus information and support website for businesses and information from the NZ Hearld Article in this post:

News from 6 April 2021:

All you need to know about the Trans-Tasman travel bubble

New Zealanders and Australians can start crossing the Tasman in droves again after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced quarantine-free travel will begin from 19 April between the countries.

So whether you are chasing a holiday under the Australian sun or visiting loved ones, here’s what you need to know when planning a trip across the ditch.

When can you leave?

New Zealanders can not only book flights right now but also take off as New Zealanders are already able to travel to Australia without having to quarantine on arrival.

Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas, meanwhile, are planning to ramp up flights from NZ to Australia once the two-way bubble opens (19 April).

Air New Zealand expects to fly between three and five flights per day from Auckland to Sydney after 19 April. Currently it has three flights leaving to Sydney on 19 April, with the cheapest costing $283. It then has two flights per day leaving on 20 and 21 April, four flights leaving on Thursday, 22 April and five on Friday, 23 April.

It also plans to offer one-to-three flights per day from Auckland to Melbourne and one-to-two per day to Brisbane.

Aucklanders will also be able to fly to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Adelaide and Hobart, with plans to include flights to Perth. Air NZ will also offer direct flights from Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown to Australia.

Qantas and Jetstar plan to operate up to 122 return flights per week after 19 April.

That includes two new routes into Queensland, Auckland to Cairns and the Gold Coast, a move that will provide competition to Air New Zealand.

The 122 return flights per week will initially fly 15 routes and offer more than 52,000 seats each week.

Where in Australia can I go?

New Zealanders can enter every Australian state and territory without quarantining including Western Australia. However this does change regularly for short periods so it’s important to check:

That means New Zealanders can plan holidays in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

Who will travel?

Families separated by border closures will be the big winners, while New Zealand tourism operators hope visiting Australians will boost their businesses.

Do I need a Covid-19 test to travel?

No, but if you’ve tested positive for Covid in the last 14 days or you are still waiting for a test result to come back, you won’t be allowed to travel.

If there is an outbreak while you are in Australia, you might also need a Covid test to be able to return to NZ.

Will I have to get the vaccine?

No, you will be able to catch your flight without a vaccine.

Keep an eye on individual state restrictions

Individual Australian states and territories may have different entry requirements and you should read up on what these are before you travel (

What should I expect at the airport?

Australian and New Zealand airports will be set up to ensure travellers between the two countries do not mix with those returning from other countries. That means you’ll be taken through so-called green zones with Auckland Airport’s international terminal split into two parts.

Travellers will also have to declare that they’ve only been in either NZ or Australia for at least the last 14 days and could be subjected to random temperature checks.

Expect to wear a mask

Yes, masks will be compulsory on all flights crossing the Tasman.

Will I need to quarantine?

The transtasman bubble is designed to allow Kiwis and Aussies to travel quarantine-free between the two countries.

But the exception to that could be if an outbreak occurs in Australia or New Zealand while you are visiting. You may then have to enter a managed isolation facility on your return to NZ or Australia.

How will the Government manage the risk?

The Government has set up a green, orange and red traffic light system to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks in Australia.

You should be able to continue travelling quarantine free if a Covid case occurs where authorities think there is a low risk of further transmission, such as if it is a border worker who tests positive. But if there is a Covid case from an unknown source and that Australian state goes into a short lockdown then flights to New Zealand could be paused for up to 72 hours. Multiple cases from an unknown source could lead to flights to New Zealand being suspended for a longer period.

If you are stranded by the suspension of flights, you will be on your own with the Government not planning to provide any accommodation. This means you should plan to have extra money and emergency contingency options in place.

You should also be prepared in case you need to stay in a managed isolation facility if you are returning from an Australian state that has been in lockdown.

Read article here:

News from 20 October 2020:

New Zealanders plans to move to Australia have been put on hold due to Covid-19

I’ve personally heard from a lot people who have had to deal with cancelled flights, furniture moved to Australia without the owners, money transferred over and then refunded and a lot of missed family events.

Finally we have good news… the New South Wales and the Northern Territory’s borders have opened to New Zealanders from October 16 2020, provided they have not been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the preceding 14 days. This means New Zealanders can finally make the move they have been planning, without having to quarantine upon arrival.

This doesn’t help those who want to move to Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania, but it does give us hope that it won’t be too long before New Zealanders can move there too.

However, a few New Zealanders put the Tram-Tasman Bubble at risk by and have angered Australian’s.

There were a number of New Zealanders who used the NSW open border to their advantage and after flying into NSW they boarded domestic flights into other states.

About 23 Kiwi travellers slipped into Western Australia despite the state having a hard border with overseas arrivals.

In Victoria, the state which has battled Australia’s worst Covid-19 outbreak, 65 New Zealanders entered the Garden State without the State Government’s knowledge, and another five into South Australia.

Let’s hope it doesn’t hinder other borders opening, so those who want to move can.

Read article here:

News from 15 October 2020:

Start of quarantine free travel between NZ and Australia

From the 16th of October New Zealanders will be able to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory in Australia without having to quarantine upon arrival. Provided they have not been in a designated Covid-19 hotspot in the 14 days before they fly out. A hotspot is defined as a place with a rolling three-day average of three cases a day.

On return you would have to complete 14 days of managed isolation in New Zealand and pay the $3100 quarantine fee.

These passengers must travel to Australia on a “quarantine-free flight”, which only carries those who meet the requirements.

You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia. New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia.

The arrangement is currently limited to travel to New South Wales and the Northern Territory, but other states and territories may be added at a later date.

Before travelling to Australia, passengers must print and compete a Covid-19 declaration form and present it at check-in at the airport:

If passengers don’t present this form, they may not be able to board their flight.

On arrival in Australia, there will be green and red zones at the airport to separate passengers arriving on “quarantine-free” flights and those who must complete 14 days of mandatory quarantine.

If you travel on a quarantine-free flight, you will be guided through the green zone to complete all border clearance processes in the airport of arrival in Australia.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Greg Foran said in a statement the airline has introduced “quarantine” and “quarantine-free” flights to Australia in line with the safe travel zone requirements.

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.

Quarantine flights will be open to passengers who do not meet the safe travel zone criteria and will be required to quarantine on arrival in Australia.

Air New Zealand is currently operating eight return flights between Auckland and Sydney per week and would look to operate two quarantine flights per week, while the remaining flights will be quarantine-free.

Between October 16 and 24, the airline would operate three quarantine flights – on October 17, 22 and 24 – and all other flights would be quarantine-free. On October 22, the airline would operate both a quarantine-free and a quarantine flight.

The airline said it was working through flights from October 25.

Passengers planning to travel interstate beyond New South Wales would need to ensure they have checked state and territory travel restrictions and have the appropriate exemptions and approvals to travel.

Customers would not be able to book onwards domestic flights via Air New Zealand due to Australian state restrictions.

The safe travel zone is currently only one-way, with passengers returning to New Zealand from Australia still having to complete 14 days of managed isolation on their return.

Australians are still not allowed to travel to New Zealand.

Officials from New Zealand and Australia are continuing to discuss all aspects of two-way trans-Tasman travel, which New Zealand remains committed to introducing as soon as it is safe.

The limited Trans-Tasman bubble will generally only benefit New Zealanders wanting to travel to Australia for emergencies and major events, along with those Australia-based Kiwis who have been in NZ during the pandemic and want to return home to Australia.

The extremely limited cap on flights and the exemption process for non-Australian citizens has made it difficult to get customers across the ditch until now.

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News from 2 September 2020:

Auckland and Melbourne outbreaks have set back Trans-Tasman travel bubble

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the “disaster” Covid-19 outbreaks in Melbourne and Auckland have set back plans for the Trans-Tasman travel bubble.

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, said he was still keen to establish travel arrangements with neighbouring countries and he hoped they could be in place by Christmas one media outlet reported.

But Peters today wasn’t so sure, though he wouldn’t be drawn on whether Christmas was too optimistic.

Peters said “We’ve been set back so hard. We had the Melbourne disaster and then we had our own disaster. If we can fix it up in the way that we’ve got confidence in the Australian system and they’ve got confidence in ours, then yeah we can do that.”

Peters said the travel bubble depended on both countries having tight borders.

“The protocols could be put in place in two days flat, quite frankly, but what you need to have ensured is the maritime and aviation surveillance in both countries is good enough to assure us that we’ve got a safe bubble.”

Peters said a team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was still working on the arrangements and he continued to think it was a “great idea”.

Read the full NZ Hearld article here:

News from 24 August 2020:

New Zealand top of Australian travel wish list, but expect delays

As the global aviation sector battles to claw back its lost billions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians dreaming of a jaunt abroad could be dusting off their passports within the year.

Alan Joyce, Qantas CEO, gave his insights into when we will be heading overseas again. Earlier this week during a trading post in which the airline announced they’d made a $2 billion loss for FY20, Mr Joyce gave a rather optimistic forecast on overseas travel.

Mr Joyce predicts international travel to return by mid-2021, after the Federal Government put a ban on overseas travel in March.

But a small detail in his address points to a sign that longer overseas routes that require larger aircraft, such as A380s and the like, could be a lot further away, shedding some light on where Australians will be able to travel to first.

Read the full article here:

Updated information on the Trans-Tasman Bubble

I will continue to search Australia and New Zealand news websites and keep the information on this page up to date.

As soon as there are an major announcements on when the Trans-Tasman Bubble will happen I will email the newsletter database, so make sure you subscribe to our monthly newsletter (right side or bottom of screen).


  1. Vagisha

    October 14, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I have been planning to move to Australia, Queensland, Brisbane as my whole family lives there, and i am finishing my studies in NewZealand and planning to move to Brisbane by the end of year. I am asking related to Trans-Tasman Bubble. Do we need to quarantine at a facility or self quarantine at home for 14 days related to Queensland border. If so what is documentation need before flying out from New Zealand?

  2. Carmen

    September 8, 2020 at 1:53 am

    Hi I would like to move to Perth, and am in contact with someone who is keen to employ me from summer (so that’s the end of the year). I will basically just sell up what I have here and move (no furniture, etc.). How do I go about moving to Australia for a new job if the covid travel restrictions are still active?

    • JJ Smith

      October 13, 2020 at 11:24 pm

      Hi Carmen,
      Thank you for your comment and sorry for the delay in replying.
      Unfortunately Western Australia has a ‘hard border’ restriction in place, which will not lift it until phase 6 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap, they are currently at phase 4:
      A tentative date for the removal of WA’s hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however, this was put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.
      When an indicative date is set in the future, it will be contingent on locally acquired infection rates in the eastern states.
      The WA hard border will only be removed when the WA Chief Health Officer is confident the spread of infection is controlled in the eastern states.
      The best place to find out when WA’s borders will reopen is the above site.
      I will also be keeping my newsletter subscribers up to date with any major changes in travel between NZ and Australia.
      Sorry I could not be of more help.

  3. Shawna

    June 15, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Hi there
    I wanted your assistance with information regarding moving from Auckland to Sydney, hopefully by end of July, with a dog (whippet staffy cross) and probably about a half container worth of belongings.
    What am I able to do during this Covid time?
    Many thanks
    I’m very stupid when it comes to this so any help would be great
    I have accomodation lined up already

  4. Karen

    June 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Any news on when we might see the trans tasman bubble happen?

    • JJ Smith

      June 3, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I’ve heard September from one source and July from another. We won’t know until the Government makes the announcement.
      As soon as it is confirmed I will email the newsletter database.

  5. John

    May 22, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    We sold our home in Auckland and were cashed up ready to go on 26th April 2020…then COVID stopped everything. We are ready to fly when trans Tasman bubble allows flights to Queensland.
    Question… can you throw any light on the recent RBA meeting / announcement re the $50,000 offer to new immigrants to buy / build new homes, to assist the building industry get going again.

  6. Marcel

    May 22, 2020 at 2:50 am

    How can this happens so quickly when some states like WA and SA are still not opening their interstate borders?

    • JJ Smith

      May 22, 2020 at 3:52 am

      Hi Marcel,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We still don’t know when the Trans-Tasman bubble will happen. It’s more the that they are getting ready for it.

      • Marcel

        May 25, 2020 at 12:59 am

        Hi JJ,
        Thanks for your quick response. I am hoping for this T-T bubble to happen soonest and get on the plane : – )
        Will keep looking out for the latest update.
        Stay safe and well,


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