Prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern said that New Zealand – Australia quarantine-free travel might begin early 2021 and the prime minister also announced that there will be a travel bubble arrangement with the Cook Islands first.
Addressing reports after a cabinet meeting, the PM said that the quarantine free arrangements will depend on the levels of Covid-19 in both the countries and a bubble with cook islands will come first.
The Prime minister of New Zealand and the Prime Minister of Cook Islands announced the “Arrangement to Facilitate Quarantine-Free Travel between the Cook Islands and New Zealand.”
Both the prime minister of the Cook Islands and New Zealand have instructed their cabinet officials to continue working together to put all travel measures in place that is required for quarantine free two-way travel in the first quarter.
“The Arrangement recognizes the special ties between New Zealand and the Cook Islands. It will allow people to travel more easily between our two countries while acknowledging that the priority remains to protect our populations from Covid-19,” said Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand.
Meanwhile, the PM of Cook Islands said “This Arrangement is the next step towards resuming many aspects of life in the Cook Islands that have been disrupted by Covid-19, including access to health and education, and reuniting family and friends.”
Australia and New Zealand had previously agreed to start a travel bubble when New Zealand had declared Covid-19 free country however due to a spike of cases, this arrangement was closed and the two nations again went into stricter lockdown.