Australia and New Zealand Create a Travel Bubble

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Tearful reunions were all around Auckland airport on Monday since residents from Australia could travel freely to New Zealand without a quarantine obligation for the first time in more than a year.

According to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, all people residing in Australia or New Zealand can enjoy quarantine-free travel, as long as they meet the health, immigration, and other standard border clearance requirements.

While Australia has previously allowed Kiwis to enter the country without quarantine, New Zealand is following suit only now. However, if you arrive in New Zealand from any other country, you must quarantine for 14 days at your own expense.

“The bubble marks a significant step in both countries’ reconnection with the world, and it’s one we should all take a moment to be very proud of,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news release.

Both Australia and New Zealand did a great job keeping the Covid-19 infection cases low in their countries due to tight restrictions.