Jacinda Ardern announces trans-Tasman bubble will start in days


'We will also be undertaking random temperature checks of those arriving as an extra precaution, ' Ms Ardern said.

The Kiwi leader said her cabinet is satisfied that the conditions needed for quarantine-free travel have been met.

Ms Ardern called the bubble a "world-first" arrangement.

Ms Ardern warned people to be prepared to have their travel plans changed at short notice, including landing and going into hotel quarantine.

Travellers will be expected to download and use the Covid-19 Tracer app while in New Zealand, and will not be allowed to travel if they have cold or flu like symptoms.

The national carrier hopes to fly from NZ's three other global airports, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, when the bubble is announced.

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More than a year after the arrival of coronavirus' arrival to Aotearoa, New Zealanders remain fearful of the return of the deadly virus. Australians will soon no longer be required to quarantine on arrival. The planes will also be flown by crew members who have not flown on any high-risk routes for a set period of time.

The so-called "travel bubble" would restrict travellers from certain areas in the event of an outbreak in Australia and is expected to run on a state-by-state basis, the broadcaster said.

"This is an important step forward in our COVID response and represents an arrangement I do not believe we have seen in any other part of the world", Ms Ardern told reporters.

A West Coast tourism business is eagerly awaiting the opening of a travel bubble with Australia.

Qantas, however, is set to ramp up routes between the two countries, in particular between Sydney and Auckland. Announced today by PM Jacinda Ardern, the travel bubble will begin on April 19.