Covid 19 coronavirus: New Zealand travel bubble to return on February 21

Transtasman travel bubble with Australia will be back on from Sunday. Photo / Getty Images

Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand is back on.

The transtasman bubble allows people from New Zealand to fly to Australia without the need to quarantine.

On February 15 the rules changed after three cases of Covid-19 were detected in New Zealand.

As a result, any New Zealanders that flew into Australia from 12.01am on February 15 onwards were required to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine.

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But that is set to change at 12.01am on Sunday, February 21, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has announced.

New Zealanders arriving into Australia will no longer be required to quarantine on the following condition: “All passengers travelling from New Zealand on a green zone flight who have been in Auckland for any period over the last 14 days will be required to provide evidence at check-in of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled flight departure.”

Routine pre-departure and on arrival screening will continue. The screening will check that travellers haven’t been identified as close contacts or have not visited any of the contact tracing areas of interest in New Zealand, and if they have, that they have been tested and have received the negative test results required by the New Zealand authorities.

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