PM flags extension to international travel bubble, but Qld may miss out

Talks are underway to extend Australia’s international travel bubble to other countries, but Queenslanders may miss out.

It comes as we prepare to welcome visitors from New Zealand this week as part of the first stage of the bubble.

Those from across the Tasman will be able to travel to NSW, the ACT, and the Northern Territory without going into quarantine.


However, it appears they may not be the only country part of the bubble for long, with the Prime Minister confirming he has been in talks with other leaders in the Pacific.

South Korea, Japan and Singapore are among the next destinations that could be on the cards.

Scott Morrison said those countries appear to be fairing quite well with containing the virus and are considered safe.

Although he did warn that “we have to go cautiously on this, very, very cautiously,” Mr Morrison said.

“Covid-19 hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s still there and it is no less aggressive today than it was six months ago.”

While the news is promising, those in Queensland are being told not to get their hopes up.

“The reason they won’t be able to come to Queensland is because there is still a requirement for them to quarantine for two weeks in Queensland,” Mr Morrison said.

“When that is no longer necessary, great, I think it will be tremendous for the Queensland economy.”