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Statement on New Zealand Travel Bubble

Spokesperson for the Minister for Health and Aged Care:

On 18 April 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care agreed to amendments to the Biosecurity act to ensure no onward travel from New Zealand to another country.

These amendments make it clear that the exemption to the ban on overseas travel to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand only applies where a person is leaving Australia to travel to and stay in New Zealand, not where the traveller intends to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of, or with the intention of, travelling to a third country.

Travellers should be aware that international travel to any other country, except New Zealand, continues to pose a significant risk to public health, and for that reason outgoing travel to other countries remains restricted. 

Australians considering travel outside of Australia or New Zealand are still required to apply for an exemption from the outgoing travel restrictions through ABF, and ensure they review the information available on Smartraveller relevant to their destination. 

The confirmation of the existing arrangements of no outbound travel without a permit other than to New Zealand was posted on Smartraveller and health.gov.au 

The updates reflect maintenance of the existing national policy and ensure that we can continue to keep Australians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.