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Australia Activates Travel Bubble With New Zealand

Australia Activates Travel Bubble With New Zealand

In over a year, travel between Australia and New Zealand had been strictly prohibited due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, the travel bubble they recently activated between the two countries has allowed citizens to fly without the fear of having to undergo quarantine first, according to BBC news.

Tearful reunions filled Auckland airport on Monday as residents from Australia were able to travel freely to New Zealand. Thousands of travelers booked to fly between the two nations on Monday.

Both of the nations have been able to largely contain the covid-19 outbreak and this is majorly attributed to very tight restrictions.

They put in place restrictions and citizens had to adhere to them or else they risked paying huge fines or even going to prison.

Excited passengers flooded Australian airports for flights to various parts of New Zealand earlier today. Some of them even woke up before dawn to get ready to board.

‘’I didn’t realize how emotional I was going to be today,’’ a certain passenger said at Sydney airport.

The travel agreement will benefit travellers in both countries

As many buzzed about their excitement to see loved ones, it was a sombre occasion for others. A certain passenger lost a brother last week but couldn’t get to Sydney to bury him. He, however, said this gives him an opportunity to go back home today without quarantine. It will enable them lay him to rest.

Since October 2020, Australia allowed New Zealand travellers to enter Australian states without quarantine. However, New Zealand had not reciprocated amid concerns about sporadic Covid-19 outbreaks.

New Zealand recently hosted a huge 20,000 man party to celebrate several months without recording a covid-19 case.

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