First 'no-quarantine' flights arrive into Australia as virus cases fall

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 16, 2020

Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said in order for the airline to continue to carry passengers safely and identify passengers with travel not originating in New Zealand, it had introduced "quarantine" and "quarantine-free" flights.

The first quarantine-free flights from Auckland to Sydney are more than double their usual price and travellers will have to foot the three-thousand-200-dollar quarantine fee when they return home.

But Kiwis travelling to Australia will have to quarantine once they return here - and pay for it.

Travel was halted between the two countries in March amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Travellers on the flights won't be required to quarantine in Sydney, Air New Zealand said, although the arrangements are not yet reciprocal, with New Zealand requiring arrivals to be in managed isolation for 14 days, at a cost of $3200.

"It's a really good proof of concept, around the travel bubble, a good first step", Auckland Airport's aero commercial general manager Scott Tasker yesterday told 1 NEWS.

New South Wales on Friday reported five new cases in Sydney, including four who were infected overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

The limited resumption of global travel between Australia and New Zealand could be an early indication of a slight recovery for the travel industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Quarantine flights would be open to passengers who do not meet the Safe Travel Zone criteria and would be required to quarantine on arrival in Australia.

Huge interest in the first quarantine-free flights to Sydney.

Passengers planning to travel interstate beyond New South Wales would need to ensure they have checked state and territory travel restrictions and have the appropriate exemptions and approvals to travel.

Australia's travel bubble with New Zealand will pop today, with the first flights from across the ditch set to touch down on our shores.

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