When will we finally get the trans-Tasman bubble? NZ Gov “optimistic” it will open soon



March 18, 2021

The New Zealand government has been facing mounting pressure to open a quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, the government is “very optimistic” a travel bubble will be worked out soon.

The news comes after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s calls to open the bubble as soon as possible. “I’m happy for them to open it up as soon as the Prime Minister and her government would like to do that,” Morrison said last week.

While hesitant to give a clear date, Robertson says he’s hopeful to work out an agreement in the near future. “I’m very optimistic we’ll sort that out in reasonably short order, and we can move towards having a unilateral bubble alongside the Australian unilateral bubble,” he told First Up. 

Robertson says there are still scenarios to work out, such as what happens in the event of an outbreak.

According to Stuff, New Zealand cabinet’s decision about the trans-Tasman bubble may be confirmed as soon as Monday, and the travel bubble could open from mid-April.

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