Families that have been divided by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as struggling tourist operators, will be relieved by the start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring countries.
Both countries have been effective in halting the virus’s spread. Health officials say the risk of the virus being transmitted from Australia is remote, and that travel is now safe, according to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
“The bubble will help our economy recover, and it represents a world-first scheme for safely opening up international travel while continuing to follow a virus-eradication strategy,” Ms. Ardern said. New Zealanders had previously been able to enter Australia without going through quarantine, but Australia had taken a more cautious approach, forcing visitors from Australia to spend two weeks in quarantine upon arrival.