Families will be reunited this morning as two-way travel finally opens up between Australia and New Zealand.
It’ll be the first time in over a year that Australians can travel to New Zealand without having to go into two week quarantine.
The trans-Tasman bubble begins today, in what Australia’s Health Minister believes is the first step in getting back to international travel.
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“That is the first step of a progressive opening, an opening that will be progressive, guided by safety and in partnership with the states and territories and the Australian people,” Minister Greg Hunt said.
“But it’s another significant milestone for Australia.”
The first Australian flight to touch down over the ditch will be a service from Sydney.
JQ201 is due to land in Auckland around 11.20 am New Zealand time (9.20 am AEST). An official welcome part is planned for the arrival.
The first flight to leave the Gold Coast for Auckland departs around midday, with tourism leaders not wasting any time targeting travellers.