(CNN) – New Zealand will allow Australians to travel to an isolated country, Prime Minister Jacinta Arden told a news conference on Tuesday, April 6.
“This is an important step in our Govt response, which I do not believe we have seen anywhere else in the world.
Under the new rules, passengers will not be allowed to travel if they have a positive Govt-19 test in the previous 14 days or have flu-like symptoms. Explaining that the planes could be grounded again in the event of a new explosion or that passengers should be asked for PCR testing or isolation depending on the nature, the Prime Minister said the trip would “not be the previous cove”. And the origin of infections.
Artern also said that passengers coming from Australia will board “Green Zone” flights.
“That means there will be no passengers on that plane that came from anywhere other than Australia in the last 14 days,” Artern said, adding that “there has been no flying on any high-risk routes for a period of time.”
“[This] The travel bubble marks the beginning of a new chapter in our eager response and recovery, something that people have worked so hard for. This makes New Zealand and Australia relatively unique. I know family, friends and significant sections of our economy will welcome this and I know I will definitely do it, “said Artern.
It was not the only “bubble” in the Asia-Pacific region that was ever expelled or postponed amid a changing epidemic.
New Zealand’s hard work in controlling the virus seems to have paid off. Just 2,524 cases and 26 deaths have been reported in the country since the outbreak.
Contributed to CNN’s Lilith Marcus Reporting.