Coronavirus: Trans-Tasman bubble possible at alert level 2, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reveals.

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The tourism industry is pushing hard to have a working strategy in place by the end of the month, getting ready for when the Government opens the borders in a Trans-Tasman bubble.

New Zealanders could be traveling to and from Australia as early as alert level 2 Jacinda Ardern revealed, as the trans-Tasman bubble concept edges closer to reality. This is great news for those wanting to move to Australia or come home to New Zealand.

Many New Zealanders are desperate for the borders to open. For families stuck either side of the Tasman, video calls are as close as connection gets.

If implemented, the arrangement would see Australia, New Zealand and possibly Fiji open their international borders exclusively to one another, following successful efforts from both nations to curb the spread of coronavirus. Read more here about Fiji joining the bubble –

The idea has garnered favourable responses from Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. It is seen as an effective strategy to boost tourism and the wider economy in both countries amid the challenging economic impacts of COVID-19.

Jacinda Ardern told media in a press briefing from the Beehive on Wednesday that while “tight measures” at the border would remain across all alert levels, that doesn’t rule out international travel at level 2.

The comment is encouraging for those working in New Zealand’s $34 billion tourism industry, which has been battered by lockdown, travel restrictions and border closures during the coronavirus crisis.

Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood, who is helping lead an effort to reopen our borders as soon as it’s safe, told Newshub Nation the countries have an opportunity to set “standards for travel restarting around the world”.

Margy Osmond, Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum Tourism co-chair, says a plan for how a trans-Tasman bubble would work could be ready in the next few weeks. Osmond’s hoping for a working strategy by the start of next month. “The plan with this is, although we know that it would take governments longer than that to make a decision about opening the borders, we need to be able show them the industry is ready,” she said.

While the Trans-Tasman bubble is viewed as a ‘favour’ to New Zealand by some Australians, the fact is that it will benefit both countries tourism industries, which are struggling at the moment.

What a trans-Tasman bubble could look like

The Trans-Tasman bubble could be in place by the end of the month, with temperature checks and masks considered to re-open the border with Australia again. Airports and airlines are hoping to test new safety measures in the next few weeks.

What was once a short flight is now a marathon journey with a 14 day quarantine either side. The bubble would mean that visitors travelling between the two countries would not have to go into quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

Airlines are planning to have a working strategy by the beginning of June – and the plan with this is, although it is known that it would take Governments longer than that to make a decision about opening the borders, is to be able show that the industry is ready.

And for many, the sooner the better – to bring countries and families together again.

COVID-19 Help for New Zealanders living in Australia

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  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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