(CNN) – New Zealand will allow Australians to travel to the country without quarantine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference on Tuesday, April 6.
“This is an important step forward in our Covid response and represents a system that I do not think we have seen in any other part of the world. That is, to open an international journey to another country while we continue follows an elimination strategy and a commitment to keep the virus out, ”Ardern said during the event.
Under the new rules, travelers are not allowed to travel if they had had a positive Covid-1
Ardern also said travelers coming from Australia will board “green zone” flights.
“That means there will be no passengers on the flight that has come anywhere but Australia in the last 14 days,” Ardern said, adding that the crews operating the connection “have not flown on any high-risk routes in a specific period. “
“[This] travel bubble represents the start of a new chapter in our covide response and recovery, one that people have worked so hard on. That makes New Zealand and Australia relatively unique. I know family, friends and important parts of our economy will welcome it, as I know I certainly do, “Ardern said.
And it’s not the only “bubble” in the Asia-Pacific region that either jumped out or was exposed in the midst of the ever-changing pandemic situation.
New Zealand’s hard work to contain the virus seems to have paid off. The country recorded only 2,524 cases and 26 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
CNN’s Lilit Marcus contributed reporting.