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Covid 19 & travel

Update Coronavirus 30 October, 2020

It's been approximately six months since the Covid-19 virus brought the world to a halt. This has had a great impact on the travel industry. But instead of sitting around and waiting for the situation to unfold, we at A Journey DownUnder have used the past months to optimally prepare for the reopening of the borders of Australia and New Zealand.

Your holiday in 2021

We can imagine that the situation in the world raises doubts about your travel options in 2021. In terms of travel to Australia and New Zealand, it is, of course, difficult to predict when the borders will reopen to tourists. However, with the current developments in vaccines, we expect that it should be possible to travel Down Under again, halfway through next year. With our flexible conditions, you can already book your trip for 2021.

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 27,000 and 905 people have passed away, due to the virus. Much of the contamination was concentrated in the city of Melbourne, in the state of Victoria. Strict lockdown measures have allowed the Australians to contain the virus and reduce the number of infections. In Victoria, the previously imposed lock-down restrictions have now been 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.

New Zealanders have been allowed to travel back into Australia, quarantine-free, since Friday, 16 October 2020. As long as they have not been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot in New Zealand in the past 14 days.

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

The states of Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania are slowly starting to re-open their internal borders. Detailed information on rules and restrictions per state can be found here. Availability of public transport varies per state.

Quarantine

Travellers arriving in Australia must undergo a mandatory quarantine in a designated hotel for 14 days. 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 over 1900, of which 25 people have passed away, due to the virus. The city of Auckland was a major source of infection. The strict measures that followed 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. 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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