Australia releases new rules for Kiwi travellers

Marco Green
October 16, 2020

More than 350 passengers are scheduled to take three flights from Auckland on Friday and will not have to undergo hotel quarantine on arrival in Sydney.

People are expected to journey to Sydney on the first day, on flights operated by Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar.

The Sydney city centre skyline is seen as the state of New South Wales continues to report low numbers for new daily cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, August 16, 2020.

From today, New South Wales and the Northern Territory are allowing New Zealanders in without needing to quarantine.

The New Zealand government is working on setting up a two-way quarantine-free system but has said it will only do so when safe.

Flight NZ103 will depart Auckland at 10.40am and will be a quarantine-free flight.

"You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia quarantine-free if you meet the above criteria, but you will need a valid visa to enter Australia", the website says.

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

Air New Zealand is now operating eight return flights between Auckland and Sydney per week and would look to operate two quarantine flights per week, while the remaining flights will be quarantine-free. On October 22, the airline would operate both a quarantine-free and a quarantine flight.

She says she is hopeful once more flights are present and restrictions are eased, the expensive prices will drop.

Almost all of those booked on the first flight due to leave mid-morning have one-way tickets.

Kiwis won't have to quarantine across the ditch, but they will have to pay for 14 days in managed isolation upon arriving back.

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