Jacinda’s ultimatum: Stubborn New Zealand PM says her country WON’T accept Australians until one key criteria is met – destroying hopes of a COVID-19 travel bubble which would have seen trans-Tasman holidays within week
- NZ will only open border to Australians after 28 days of no community spread
- Queensland will only open border to NSW after 28 days of no community spread
- Frustrating hopes of Federal, NSW, Coalition Governments for travel bubble
New Zealand will not accept Australian travellers without quarantine until there is no community transmission for a month.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday her country was ‘not ready’ to open up to two-way travel without quarantine until Australia records 28 straight days without community transmission.
Australia has been pushing for a two-way travel bubble with New Zealand, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing on Thursday that New Zealand travellers would be able to visit New South Wales and South Australia.
On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said NSW and the Northern Territory would allow New Zealanders to enter without 14 days of hotel quarantine from October 16.
Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will only open to Australian travellers without mandatory quarantine once there is 28 days of no community transmission of coronavirus
New Zealand passengers arrive at Sydney’s international airport on September 18. The Morrison Government’s hopes for a two-way travel bubble have been dashed for the moment
The Morrison Government has been pushing for open borders to aid the economy as it pursues a suppression strategy for coronavirus.
New Zealand, however, is pursuing an elimination strategy and on Saturday Ms Ardern dashed hopes that her country would reciprocate any time soon.
‘From our perspective, we’re not ready,’ Ms Ardern said.
‘NSW themselves say they are not confident that community transmission has gone.’
New Zealand’s beautiful tourist destinations such as Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown (pictured) are off limits for Australian travellers without 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 27,113
New South Wales: 4,231
Western Australia: 685
South Australia: 470
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 33
TOTAL CASES: 27,113
ESTIMATED ACTIVE CASES: 335
Updated: 6.11 PM, 3 October, 2020
Source: Australian Government Department of Health
She said New Zealand’s most important criteria for allowing travellers in without quarantine would be that their state or country of origin had no local transmission for a month.
‘That’s key for us. One of our criteria is 28 days clear,’ she said.
‘So there’s a bit of time here for who we would consider it safe to have a two-way quarantine-free travel arrangement.’
Ms Ardern said Queensland had also said they would wait a while before opening up to NSW, giving an indication of the state’s coronavirus status.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday that Queensland would only reopen its border with NSW on November 1, provided NSW went 28 days with no community transmission.
NSW Health reported no new cases of locally transmitted coronavirus for eight consecutive days on Saturday.
If the state continues to have no locally acquired infections, October 23 would be the first possible day it could comply with New Zealand’s rule.
Victoria recorded eight new locally acquired cases of coronavirus on Saturday of which six are linked to known outbreaks and two are under investigation.
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