A restricted trans-Tasman journey bubble has opened, with the primary flight from New Zealand touching down in Australia earlier.
Passengers on the primary industrial flight between the 2 international locations in seven months arrived at Sydney Worldwide Airport at midday native time.
Each Australia and New Zealand closed their borders in March because the Covid-19 pandemic started to unfold, with a restricted reopening now underway.
These arriving in New South Wales and the Northern Territory in Australia is not going to must quarantine – with zero instances at the moment reported in New Zealand.
Nevertheless, passengers on the return journey will probably be requested to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.
Sydney Airport chief government officer, Geoff Culbert, mentioned this was a primary step within the “phased method”.
“We have now not welcomed worldwide travellers to Sydney in months that haven’t needed to come by means of customs and go straight on to buses to a resort to quarantine,” he added.
There will probably be 16 flights between the 2 international locations every week, with Jetstar, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways all providing journeys.
A Jetstar flight and a Qantas flight will arrive later at the moment because the bubble develops.
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