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Covid 19 & travel

Update Coronavirus: 28 July, 2021

As we start to move forward, we can finally start to get excited about the prospect of travelling again. Fortunately, we are starting to see signs of hope with vaccination programs being rolled out in many countries, throughout the world. Which will result in containing the Covid-19 virus. Australia intends to have the whole population vaccinated by the end of 2021 and New Zealand plans to have the same result.

What does this mean?

We are seeing a change and expect that travel to Australia and New Zealand can resume again by mid-2022.

Your holiday in 2022

If you would like to travel to Australia or New Zealand, we recommend taking advantage of our flexible booking options. And avoid the 'travel rush' when the borders reopen again. If you book your holiday in advance, it will ensure that you'll be staying at the most beautiful and unique places. And secure the best prices.

During the break in the travel world, we have used our time 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 some inspiration for your next trip? Feel free to join one of our live and informative, online presentations.

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 33,000 and 918 people have passed away, due to the virus. Recently there have been numerous covid breakouts across several states, the most have been found in New South Wales. Lockdowns have been implemented in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The Australian government hopes the lockdowns will be able to help contain the virus and reduce the number of infections. Unfortunately, there has also been an immediate pause on the Trans-Tasman bubble between New Zealand and Australia for at least the next two months.

The recent breakout of the virus in Australia has put pressure on increasing the number of vaccinations. The National Cabinet has agreed to formulate a plan to transition Australia's national Covid response and get more people vaccinated.

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 re-opened their internal borders. And domestic travel within Australia has resumed. Detailed information on rules and restrictions per state can be found here. Availability of public transport varies per state.

Quarantine

If you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, 72 hours or less, prior to departure. 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 more than 2850, of which 26 people have passed away, due to the virus. The strict measures that were put in force have ensured that new outbreaks have been contained.

New Zealand has relaxed their strict measures and residents are free to travel around freely in their own country. For New Zealand 'code orange' applies. This means that only New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can travel to the country. More information can be found here.

The Trans-Tasman travel bubble has opened between New Zealand and Australia on April 19, which means quarantine free travel between both countries. However, the bubble is currently paused due to the current outbreaks in Australia. 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.

If you’re travelling to New Zealand from the UK, you must have a negative COVID-19 test result before the scheduled departure of your first international flight.

Where can I read more travel advice?

Health advice 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. Find more detailed information about Uk advice travel to Australia here and New Zealand here.

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