Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Hits a Snag

TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today

"I have written to the prime minister this morning and we're disappointed this has happened".

In an effort to boost tourism, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government is encouraging visitors from New Zealand, which has crushed community transmission of Covid-19, and says they can enter the country without having to undergo hotel quarantine for 14 days.

They actually left the airport just minutes after they arrived, "said Andrews".

"We still can't get the cards from Australian Border Force as to who these people are, and where they have gone", Andrews said.

Three global flights from arrived in Sydney yesterday, and for the first time in seven months, incoming travellers from New Zealand are not required to quarantine, provided they are free of symptoms and meet other health requirements.

Under current virus restrictions, Victoria is not open to global travellers.

"Our officers have absolutely no power to stop anyone from arresting someone under these circumstances, especially given that they come from a very low-virus part of the world".

Mr Andrews said there is no evidence the passengers have deliberately broken any rules.

"Something went wrong in this system, we shouldn't be part of it [travel bubble] Arrangement".

The arrangements, however, are not yet reciprocal, with New Zealand requiring arrivals to be quarantined for two weeks under supervision at a cost of NZ$3,100 (S$2,780) for the first person and more for additional family members.

"I don't shoot letters to the Prime Minister unless there is a need to make things formal", he said.

The Australian state of Victoria still does not know the names or whereabouts of the group of 17 people who snuck in from New Zealand.

When asked if Victoria should consider closing its internal borders, Andrews said he did not want to.

"Victoria has not agreed to a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand and did not expect to receive worldwide travellers as a result of NSW making that arrangement", DHHS said in a statement.

Police Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent said the passengers were in Melbourne and not under any detention orders.

"We have not welcomed global travellers to Sydney in months that have not had to come through customs and go straight on to buses to a hotel to quarantine", he added. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.



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