New Zealand resumes quarantine-free travel with Victoria as COVID-19 cases decrease

Melburnians will soon be able to travel freely to some parts of Australia and New Zealand as the latest coronavirus outbreak eases.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the quarantine-free bubble with Victoria will resume from midnight Tuesday.

This comes after Victoria recorded only one new locally acquired coronavirus case on Monday, following a “doughnut day” on Sunday.

The news is just in time for thousands of Victorians who are heading into school holidays.

New Zealand authorities said the decision came after an assessment by the country’s public health officials found the risk from Victoria was low.

Travellers will no longer be required to have a pre-departure test.

In May, New Zealand paused its quarantine-free travel with Victoria after the latest coronavirus outbreak began.

There are currently 54 active cases in Victoria — 28 are locally acquired and 26 are overseas-acquired cases.

Acting Premier James Merlino has confirmed the state remains on track for an easing of restrictions on Friday.

However, New Zealand has urged all travellers to continue monitoring for symptoms and check the Victorian Health website for any updated exposure sites.

More doors open to Melburnians

A waterfall falls into the Southern Rockhole at Nitmiluk, Northern Territory
People who are currently in Howard Springs from Greater Melbourne will be let out of quarantine.(

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The Northern Territory government has also revoked its Greater Melbourne hotspot, meaning travellers from the city are able to freely travel to the NT, effective immediately.

It also means people who are currently in Howard Springs from Greater Melbourne will be let out of quarantine.

The only exception is people who are quarantining because they’ve visited a “tier 1” public exposure site in Melbourne, who will still need to complete their 14 days.

Any travellers from Melbourne in the NT are asked to check daily for any new public exposure sites.

Melburnians will also be allowed into Tasmania from midnight tonight.

Anyone currently in quarantine in Tasmania who was in the metropolitan Melbourne area, but was not at “specified high-risk premises”, is able to leave quarantine at midnight.

Travel restrictions remain in place for anyone who has been at any exposure site in Victoria. Anyone in quarantine because they visited exposure sites is required to remain in quarantine.

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