We all want to visit our friends and family in Australia and vice a versa, some kiwis have had to put their plans to move to Australia on hold, but with the outbreaks in Melbourne and Auckland we have no idea when the Australia or New Zealand borders will open.

Latest news: Winston Peters says ‘disaster’ 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.

In other news…

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.

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  1. L Anderson

    September 10, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    We have had a grand baby born, another young one coming up 3years old, a son getting married, another son brought a house, our 50th anniversary plus the birthdays and xmas. We all wanted to be in Queensland to celebrate these special family events. We are gutted we can’t get there.
    We were going to buy an apartment on the Gold Coast to spend 5 months of the year there to enjoy our lovely family. Have waited 14 years to be able to do this. Appears like thats now going to be a non event.

    • JJ Smith

      September 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you for your comment.
      I have received a number of messages like yours. It is a sad and frustrating time for many.
      However, don’t give up hope, just adjust your time frame. The borders will reopen and you will be able to move to Australia.
      I recommend you use this time to plan so that when the borders do reopen you’re ready to go.
      Check out the below posts if you haven’t already:
      – Buying a house in Australia, including info on the First Home Owners Grant – https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/buying-a-house-in-australia/
      – Can a NZ citizen get an Australian benefit or pension? – https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/can-a-nz-citizen-get-an-australian-benefit-or-pension/
      Please feel free to email me back any further questions you have.
      Good luck with your move, when you can move.

  2. Lal Perera

    September 10, 2020 at 2:19 am

    Great thanks! We are waiting to see our new born child. Intend to move to Melbourne by December.

  3. Rich and Kim

    September 10, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Thank you. You give us much needed faith and hope.


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