COVID-19: Australia announces travellers from New Zealand must undertake managed isolation

The trans-Tasman travel bubble is now closed both ways.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble is now closed both ways. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Australian government has closed its borders to quarantine-free travel from New Zealand following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the community announced on Tuesday.

In a statement, the government said it has classified all flights originating in New Zealand as Red Zone flights and that this will continue until at least 11:59pm (AEST) on Monday.

The Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) will monitor the situation in New Zealand and provide revised guidance as further information becomes available. A review of the travel arrangements will be undertaken on Friday.

All passengers on flights originating in New Zealand up until 11.59pm (AEST) on Sunday will need to go into 14 days of supervised hotel quarantine on arrival in Australia and adhere to the requirements of the State and Territory in which they have travelled to.

It was almost one month ago to the day that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put a hold on quarantine-free travel from all states in Australia into New Zealand.