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Covid 19 & travel

Update Coronavirus: 15 February, 2021

The year, 2020 has undeniably become the year of Covid-19. The year in which travel is no longer self-evident and freedom has become a whole new concept. Looking ahead to 2021, we are fortunately seeing advancements in the form of the vaccination program that will contain Covid-19 and the 'travel bubble' that will be created between Australia and New Zealand. We expect that travel will soon be able to start again.

Also for us at A Journey DownUnder, the past months have gone differently than usual. We used the break in the travel world to prepare optimally for the reopening of the borders of Australia and New Zealand. With a large number of new accommodations and activities in our range, there is so much to discover in Australia and New Zealand! Would you like to find inspiration for your next trip? Then visit one of our online presentations.

Your holiday in 2021

We can imagine that the situation in the world gives rise to doubts about your travel options. When it comes to travel to Australia and New Zealand, it is, of course, difficult to predict when the borders will reopen to tourists. But we do see positive developments. For example, targeted plans are currently being made to open the border between Australia and New Zealand. By creating a 'travel bubble' residents can travel between both countries. With the start of the vaccination program with the Pfizer vaccine and with the approval of the Moderna vaccine, we hope and expect that we will be able to travel Down Under again in the coming year.

Can't wait to make your travel plans concrete? With our flexible conditions, you can book your tour with us without any worries.

What is the current situation in Australia and New Zealand?

In order to provide you with an up-to-date overview of the current situation in Australia and New Zealand, we constantly collect information and news from a variety of reliable sources.

Travel restrictions and entry stops

Australia

The total number of Corona infections in Australia is more than 28,900 and 909 people have passed away, due to the virus. And the country has recorded 25,486 recoveries. Strict lockdown measures were put in place to contain the virus and reduce the number of infections. Since numbers declined, these measures have been slowly lifted.

For Australia 'code orange' applies. This means that only Australian citizens or permanent residents can travel to the country. Exceptions include close relatives of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minors, legal guardians and cohabiting partners. Also, New Zealanders and other travellers who have been in New Zealand for the past 14 days or more, are also allowed to enter the country.

Visa

Travellers who are staying in Australia on a temporary visa and need to stay in the country longer than expected, due to current circumstances, should apply for an extension before it expires. More information about this can be found on the site of the Australian Government.

Domestic travel

All states have or are planning to re-open their internal borders. And domestic travel within Australia is starting to resume. Detailed information on rules and restrictions per state can be found here. Availability of public transport varies per state.

Quarantine

Upon arrival, you may be health screened. Afterwards, you are required to fulfil a 14 day mandatory quarantine period in a designated hotel, unless you have arrived from New Zealand. More information about the regulations surrounding the COVID-19 virus in Australia can be found here.

New Zealand

The total number of Coronavirus infections in New Zealand is currently 2336, of which 25 people have passed away, due to the virus. The strict measures that were put in force have ensured that a new outbreak has been contained.

In the meantime, measures in New Zealand have been relaxed and residents are now free to travel around freely in their own country. The measures have also been lifted in Auckland, where there used to be a severe lockdown.

For New Zealand 'code orange' applies. This means that only New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can travel to the country. Furthermore, only strictly necessary journeys are allowed. More information can be found here.

Visa

Travellers who are staying in New Zealand on a temporary visa and need to stay in the country longer than expected due to current circumstances should apply for an extension before it expires. More information about this can be found on the website of the New Zealand Government.

Quarantine

Travellers arriving in New Zealand must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine at designated Auckland, Rotorua or Christchurch hotels, upon arrival. More information about the regulations surrounding the COVID-19 virus in New Zealand can be found here.

From 5 October 2020, you are required to pre-book your spot in a managed quarantined hotel. You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. Please see here for more details.

Where can I read more travel advice?

Health advise for travelling abroad is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about this can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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