Trans- Tasman bubble:
The government announced a quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand starting at 11:59pm on Sunday 18th April. The New Zealand Government is confident the bubble between the two countries is low risk and there will be stringent controls in place for returning citizens and manuhiri.
A traffic light system will be in place and is a guide on what you could be asked to do if there are COVID-19 cases in Australia when you travel.
Green light (Continue): Flights to and from Australia are likely to continue
Orange light (Pause): Travel to and from affected state or states could be paused for up to 72 hours.
Red light (Suspend): All flights to and from impacted states will be suspended for an extended period of time.
At both orange and red lights, people returning to New Zealand may be required to get a COVID-19 test prior to departure and may need to self-isolate when they return home.
The travel bubble has been set up under a “flyer beware” arrangement – travel to and from Australia could be disrupted by COVID, so it’s really important you know what to do if that happens.
For more poster resources, check out the Unite Against Covid website here.
- The government’s official COVID-19 website is a comprehensive site for all you need to know about COVID-19, the news trans-Tasman bubble and the Pfizer vaccine. Find phone numbers for when you want help, advice or information here.
- For advice and support for businesses and employees, including what to do if you are experiencing financial distress, click here.
- For more information on the financial support packages that have been put in place by the government click here.
- The Ministry of Health’s website has comprehensive facts and information, including the latest on confirmed cases here.
- To find out more about the Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā – the National Māori Pandemic Group click here.
- You can find information on Whānau Ora providers in the Te Arawa area and the support they can provide here.
- Widespread testing is the best way to make sure we don’t have the COVID-19 virus in our community. Find your nearest testing centre here.
- Like the flu, COVID-19 is usually spread from person to person. People can catch the virus through their eyes, nose or mouth – familiarise yourself with the COVID-19 symptoms here.