Covid-19

Find all the latest Covid-19 information. Tran-Tasman Bubble, quarantine free travel, latest news and entering/leaving Australia.

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

If you are planning on moving to Australia from New Zealand please keep an eye on the travel restrictions between NZ and Australia. Travel status can change at any time. I will keep this page updated with individual state links so you can check state by state current status.

6 August 2021 (still current at 9 September 2021)
Travel-Bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been suspended both ways

All of New Zealand except the Auckland region will move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59 NZT on Tuesday 7 September. The Auckland region remains at Alert level 4. You must wear a face covering when out in public and keep a record of where you’ve been (see ‘Travel’). Quarantine free travel between New Zealand and Australia is paused. You’ll need to enter Managed Isolation (MIQ) on entry to New Zealand (see ‘Travel’). Limited flights are operating between New Zealand and Australia. Contact your airline or travel agent for flight availability.

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.

Information in this post:

Travel to Australia restrictions and exemptions

Australia’s borders are currently closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travel to Australia is only available if you are exempt or you have been granted an individual exemption.

Travel restrictions are subject to change in response to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. You can stay informed with the latest updates by checking this page regularly: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions.

Exempt categories

You are automatically exempt from the travel restrictions and can enter Australia (without obtaining an individual exemption) if you are:

* If you hold a temporary visa or do not yet hold a valid visa for Australia, you must provide proof of your relationship (such as your marriage certificate, evidence of your de-facto relationship such as shared finances or property, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children) to the Department before you travel to Australia. Do not travel until we advise that you can. You can find out more about how to provide this information at Immediate family of Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia.

You need to carry evidence that you meet one of the above categories when travelling. Additional evidence may be requested.

If you are not in an exempt category you can request an individual exemption to Australia’s travel restrictions.

You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia from New Zealand 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. If eligible, they will be granted a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) on arrival.

For more information, including exemption requests to escort Australian citizen or permanent resident minors, individual exemptions, compassionate and compelling reasons to travel and how to apply online for an exemption visit the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions

Travel between NZ and Australia (as at 9 September 2021, still current at 6 September 2021):

  • Quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia is paused. If you’re travelling to Australia you’ll be required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine on your arrival and adhere to the requirements of the State or Territory you enter. Contact your airline or travel agent for flight availability.
  • Quarantine-free travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is suspended. You’ll be required enter Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) for 14 days on your arrival. You may be required to contribute to the cost of your stay.
  • Limited flights are operating from Australia to New Zealand. You must have a MIQ booking to secure your seat. Contact your airline or travel agent for flight availability. See NZ COVID-19 for details.
  • You’ll need evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the 72 hours prior to departure for any travel between Australia and New Zealand.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/pacific/new-zealand.

You can see if you are eligible to enter Australia on the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia.  

COVID-19 update from the New Zealand Government (12 August 2021)

Today the Government launched a plan to safely re-open New Zealand’s borders from the first quarter of 2022, while sticking with the elimination strategy that has led the country’s COVID-19 response to date.

For now until the end of the year, the focus is on offering the vaccine to all eligible New Zealanders.

The vaccination process is being accelerated to ensure everyone is at least partially vaccinated as soon as possible to avoid the risk and impact of Delta variant of COVID-19.

Once all eligible New Zealanders have had the opportunity to be vaccinated, there will be a phased approach to the re-opening of the border.

Read more about the next steps. 

Moving to Australia from New Zealand

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

If you normally live in Australia and you are currently in New Zealand, you can travel home to Australia but must quarantine on arrival.

Your options for travel from New Zealand may be limited as airlines reduce the number of flights available.

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 to Australia, check the requirements you must meet with the Australian Government. If you want to return to New Zealand, you must be eligible to enter New Zealand and you will have to book a space in MIQ. Currently, there are no spaces in MIQ available.

New Zealand safe travel zone | https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/new-zealand-safe-travel-zone

Source: https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/quarantine-free-travel/travel-with-australia/.  

Travelling to Australia advice from Air New Zealand (7 September 2021)

As the Alert Level restrictions impacting travel in Aotearoa New Zealand are announced, we work through what this means for our schedule and our customers. Our travel alerts page is updated with the latest information as it becomes available (info below).

Quarantine-free travel with Australia

Last updated 6 September 2021
Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is currently suspended.

Travel from New Zealand to Australia

Air NZ will be operating a small number of flights to match the limited spaces for mandatory isolation allocated to us by the Australian Government.

What you need to know:

  • Our planned schedule is available here.
  • These flights will be available to book online via our website.
  • A space in a managed isolation facility will be automatically allocated when you make a booking. Please note: the cost of mandatory isolation is not included in your booking. For further information, please contact your state or territory government health department.
  • Additional entry requirements to Australia will apply, including a negative pre-departure test. Please see here for further information.

If you are in New Zealand and require urgent assistance, please reach out to your nearest consulate or embassy.

Update: Red flights to Australia

Last updated 3 September 2021

Air New Zealand have been allocated a very limited number of managed isolation spaces to return customers home to Australia. The small number of flights that match this allocation went on sale at 10am, Thursday 2 September, and have since sold out.

We understand that this is a very distressing time for many, and we are doing everything we can to reconnect customers with their loved ones.

Should we receive additional managed isolation allocations these will be made available for customers to book via our website. We will not have a waitlist, and these will not be available through our contact centre. We recommend that customers continue to check our website for updates.

Our teams are working hard to manage these changes while keeping customers informed and we sincerely apologise if your stay in Aotearoa New Zealand is longer than you had hoped.

Quarantine-free travel

Info for when you can once again travel and book quarantine-free flights between NZ and Australia:

Pre-departure testing

Passengers travelling to or transiting through Australia must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • PCR testing is required.
  • The test must be performed within 72 hours of departure.
  • Children 4 years old and under are exempt.
  • Passengers arriving into Australia on a quarantine-free flight are currently exempt from pre-departure testing.

See the Australian Government Department of Health site for more information.

Documentation required

Mandatory quarantine

If you are not on a quarantine-free flight, or are not eligible to travel without quarantine, the below applies to you:

Transit via Australia

  • If you are transiting via Australia, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding your inbound flight.
  • The Australian government is continually reviewing their transit restrictions – see their website for up to date information.
  • You may be required to seek advance transit approval so make sure to check before booking.

Return journey

  • If you plan to return to Australia, the entry requirements also apply to you, including completing a travel declaration. Please check you meet all Australia Government requirements for your return journey.
  • Australian Government Department of Health site.

Further resources

Quarantine-free travel with New Zealand
Advice for travellers

COVID-19 Health Alert
SmartTraveller website
Coming to Australia

Soruce: https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/covid19-international-travel

What’s happening in Australia (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 News.com.au’s live coverage: https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/live-breaking-news-cases-in-nsw-expected-to-rise-again/live-coverage/c27a6fcca5b7e11056b941781a15ad94.

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.

Read article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-57661144.

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: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/300342414/transtasman-bubble-government-working-on-contingency-plans-for-kiwis-stuck-in-sydney.

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: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/covid-19-help-for-new-zealanders-living-in-australia/.

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 (https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/state-and-territory-border-closures/).

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: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/transtasman-travel-bubble-all-you-need-to-know/TE4JFI3OTXOY4IVJ5XXOINQQ54/.

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: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/covid-19-coronavirus-australian-travel-bubble-in-doubt-as-anger-rises-over-kiwi-travellers/NIL7ZW2F2WICISGGSRQUBXNV2A/.

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: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid-19/Documents/covid-19-declaration-form.pdf.

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.

Read more:

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: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12361510.

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: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=12358898.

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).

16 Comments

  1. Deon

    August 5, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Hi there,
    My fiancé and I have been discussing moving to Australia for around 2 years, COVID made us abandon the thoughts temporarily, I’m now starting to do a little research hence finding your site.
    I’m a signwriter and play baseball and my fiancé is a teacher and plays softball we both love the Gold Coast area particularly around Robina/surfers/Burleigh heads is where we have been looking at houses and such. A question we had is when we swap KiwiSaver to the Australian super do we have the ability to use that for a house deposit?
    Likelyhood would be planning a move over the next 12-24 months, is there a particular way you recommend planning?
    Regards,
    Deon

    Reply
    • JJ Smith

      August 15, 2021 at 11:40 pm

      Hi Deon,
      Thanks for your comment. Lovely area you’re looking at moving to.
      You are able to use your KiwiSaver as a deposit for a home in Australia. You must have been in KiwiSaver for at least 3 years before you withdraw funds for your first home. You must leave $1,000 in your account. You will need to provide all of the necessary documents (for example, sale and purchase agreement) and ensure your solicitor is New Zealand licensed. You need to get in touch with your KiwiSaver provider as early as possible to discuss their requirements.
      You can withdraw from your KiwiSaver: your contributions, your employer’s contributions, the government contribution, interest you have earned and fee subsidies (if you got these). Funds transferred from an Australian Complying Superannuation scheme cannot be withdrawn.
      Unfortunately I cannot give you any further advice regarding using your Kiwisaver as a deposit on a house in Australia.
      Here is a link to my post Buying a house in Australia: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/buying-a-house-in-australia/.
      Here is my moving to Australia process post: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/moving-to-australia-process/.
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move.

      Reply
  2. Chloe

    July 30, 2021 at 2:39 am

    hi there,
    i have checked the Australian government site but it hasnt been updated recently, i dont suppose you know if new Zealanders are still allowed to enter perth without quarantine in the current conditions. we were hoping to book our tickets this week for late September as we are planning on moving to perth.
    kind regards
    chloe

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  3. Vagisha

    October 14, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Hi,
    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?

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  4. 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?

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    • 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: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap.
      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.

      Reply
  5. 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
    Shawna

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  6. Karen

    June 3, 2020 at 9:24 am

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

    Reply
    • 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.
      Thanks

      Reply
  7. 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.

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  8. 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?

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    • 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.
      Thanks

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      • 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,
        Marcel

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