Travel Bubble Australia - New Zealand Free of COVID-19 Quarantine From 19 April

UMMATIMES - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern finally made a decision regarding the implementation of the New Zealand - Australia travel bubble without COVID-19 quarantine. Quoted from Reuters news agency, Jacinda Ardern stated that the quarantine-free travel bubble will come into effect on April 19.

"The success of our team in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and controlling its spread over the past 12 months has yielded results. Now there is an opportunity to resume the Trans-Tasman journey," said Jacinda Ardern in her press statement, Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Ardern said the decision was taken after the two countries, Australia and New Zealand, reviewed the control of COVID-19 in their respective regions. After ensuring that COVID-19 will remain under control even though the quarantine and travel bubble are relaxed, Ardern said the two countries agreed to start Trans-Tasman travel again.

As per this news, both New Zealand and Australia are indeed successful in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic compared to their closest countries. This is due to a strict lockdown policy to break the chain of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

According to WorldOMeter data, New Zealand has recorded only 2,524 cases and 26 deaths from COVID-19. Of these, only 100 patients whose status has not recovered.

Meanwhile, for Australia, they recorded 29,364 cases and 909 deaths due to COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, there were only 7 new cases in Australia.

Last year, several Australian states opened their borders to New Zealanders who wanted to visit. However, the opening is one-way in nature meaning New Zealanders will not be able to return to their home countries until the borders are opened. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia was not completely under control at that time.