If you wonder when Australia will extend its borders to other countries outside New Zealand, the prognosis is grim.
The update comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison accepted New Zealand’s announcement that it would open its borders to Australians without quarantine. This is the first time in more than a year that Australians have been given the opportunity to travel abroad for tourism.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jakinda Adorn said the two-lane Quarantine Tourist Corridor will open at 11.59pm on April 18 and could be booked by major airlines, including Air New Zealand and Qantas, from April 19.
Ms. Ardern’s announcement comes about six months after Australia opened up to New Zealand.
When asked which countries might be next to join the tourism bubble, Mr Morrison said Australia was “in no position to move forward”.
If temporary restrictions are to be imposed in the event of a COVID-19 eruption, government agencies, passengers, airlines and airport operators affected by such an action will be notified as much as possible.
But even Ms. Ardern warned Australia to “beware of pilots.”
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Qantas and Jetstar announced in February that they planned to resume international flights to “many destinations” from October 31, 2021.
The company says many of Qantas’ international routes will resume from that day, including flights to London, Singapore and Los Angeles.
In January, Professor Brendan Murphy of Australia hoped that the vaccine reversal would allow people to go abroad this year and predict that the border would be closed until 2022.
But there was talk that Australia could soon open up to countries including Singapore or Hong Kong.
In March, the governments of Australia and Singapore were in talks to discuss a travel bubble, which could take effect by July.
But Mr Morrison said on Tuesday that the government was considering Singapore and Japan for a separate bubble – among other countries.
“I do not know what they are doing at the moment. We can’t explain where the next ones are. ” The Prime Minister said.
“These things are constantly being assessed by the Chief Medical Officer, and we look at places like Singapore, Japan, South Korea and countries like this. But at this point we are not able to move forward with any of these. ”
Declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic before the World Health Organization, he said: We have guaranteed the envy of the world today to suppress the virus.
Mr Morrison said he did not speculate that opening international borders would be “unreasonable” despite Australia’s vaccinations.
“We see that more and more people around the world are being vaccinated, but the important piece of information is that we know that, of course, the vaccines we use and the vaccines used in other countries are very effective in protecting against serious diseases. Obviously they can’t do it every time. ”
But there is hope.
Although there was no timeline for when we should look forward to the next journey, Mr Morrison said the bubble was “the first of a few steps forward”.
“This is an important first step,” he said.
“But since many countries in the world, and especially ours, have been vaccinated, it is clear that we can begin to manage this virus just like any other virus that we use in a more standard way.
“That is our goal, but the evidence will guide us.
“At this point, the evidence is not strong enough to give a good indication of when we will be there.
Australia and New Zealand are leading in COVID management. Although both of our countries deal with the virus, we have ensured that many other countries around the world do not face the same type of virus effects that we have seen. ”
Qantas and Jetstar will resume flights to all destinations in New Zealand when the bubble opens on April 18.
The two airlines operate up to 122 return flights a week via Tasman.
Air New Zealand said it would accelerate flights between Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown and eight Australian ports when the bubble opens.
CEO Greg Forran said the airline had been preparing for the Transgender Tasman bubble for months, bringing back the boarding crew and ensuring that airports and restrooms were ready.