The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand has been burst by two Covid-19 cases in Sydney. The travel pause will be in use for at least 48 hours from 11.59pm on Thursday.
The New Zealand ministry of health announced on Sunday that it was no longer accepting flights from the state after carrying out a rapid public health assessment.
An online declaration form will be mandatory for people travelling into Queensland and NSW to complete after a positive Covid case in Victoria on Tuesday.
Less than three weeks after launching quarantine-free travel between the two countries, New Zealand is temporarily suspending flights from Australia after new cases were found there.
NZ government carves NSW out of trans-Tasman bubble for 48 hours from midnight Thursday NZ timeGreater Sydney and NSW Covid restrictionsCovid NSW hotspotsNew Zealand will pause quarantine-free travel from New South Wales from midnight Thursday (NZST), after two community Covid cases were detected in Sydney.
A University of Otago study found the risk of quarantine breaches was 13 for every 1,000 cases in New Zealand and just four in every 1,000 across the ditch.
Flights between New Zealand and New South Wales will be back on after two positive Covid cases in Sydney put a temporary halt on the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
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With COVID-19 cases still at or near zero and vaccinations for the wider population starting in July, the government is preparing a plan for how it would reopen.
New Zealand is poised to open its borders further, allowing quarantine-free travel to the Cook Islands this month.
The swift action was taken a day after a 50-year-old man became the first reported local transmission case in New South Wales state in more than a month.
Western Australia has recorded another locally acquired case of coronavius a day following the snap lockdown of greater Perth and Peel.