COVID-19: Australia extends restrictions on travellers from New Zealand

Australia reported over 1200 cases on Tuesday.
Australia reported over 1200 cases on Tuesday. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Australian government has confirmed it will continue the pause of green zone flights from New Zealand until at least September 21.

In a statement, the Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee said the decision was due to the number of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 with the Delta variant in Aotearoa continuing to increase.

All flights from New Zealand will be classified as Red Zone flights, meaning travellers will need to go into 14 days of supervised hotel quarantine on arrival in Australia and adhere to any additional requirements of the State and Territory they enter.

A further review of the travel arrangements will take place on September 21.

"As New Zealand authorities continue to address and contain this outbreak, further time is required to monitor the number of new locally acquired cases of COVID-19," the statement said.

On Tuesday, Australia reported 1272 new COVID-19 Delta cases, with 1128 of those in New South Wales. On the same day, New Zealand recorded 15 new cases.