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New Zealand pauses trans-Tasman bubble, Air New Zealand flies Kiwis home

New Zealand’s government has suspended all quarantine-free travel from Australia for eight weeks as several states deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.

New Zealand’s government has suspended all quarantine-free travel from Australia for eight weeks as several states deal with COVID-19 outbreaks.

Disappointing news today with the announcement that New Zealand has cut travel ties for eight weeks with Australia as several states deal with coronavirus outbreaks.

The bubble was already suspended with three states – New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, but will now be extended to all other Australian states and territories from 11:59pm Friday 23 July.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the spread of the Delta variant in New South Wales poses a greater health risk to New Zealand, which has forced the Government to change its policies.

“This has been planned for several days and we will give an update on this discussion on Friday.”

The pause will be reviewed in eight weeks.

Air New Zealand brings Kiwis home from NSW

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Bookings have opened this morning on available Air New Zealand managed return flights to allow Kiwis to return home from New South Wales from 28 July.

These seats will be restricted to the number of spaces available in managed isolation facilities (MIQ) rooms provided by the New Zealand Government.

Flights available with Air New Zealand can be booked via www.airnewzealand.co.nz and additional information for booking with Air New Zealand can be found on the airline’s Travel Alerts page.

Managed return flights from Sydney will be available from Wednesday 28 July and will operate to Auckland only. On arrival, travellers will go into MIQ for a period of 14 days. Seats available will depend on MIQ availability.

Eligible Air New Zealand customers in NSW are encouraged to follow the steps below:

To make a booking:

  • Check Air New Zealand’s website to book managed return seats
  • Once customers have secured a flight booking, their MIQ space is automatically confirmed. There is no need to book a place in a managed isolation facility before booking with Air New Zealand as managed isolation bookings are automatically assigned to a customer’s flight
  • Stay updated on the latest travel requirements via the COVID-19 website before attempting to book travel.

As Air New Zealand is experiencing a very high volume of calls and messages and recommends customers visit our Travel Alerts page before getting in touch. The airline will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Schedule:

Date Flight number Departs Sydney (AEST) Arrives in Auckland (NZT)
28 July  NZ864 1150 1700
01 Aug NZ864 1220 1730
03 Aug NZ864 1420 1930
05 Aug NZ864 1620 2130
07 Aug NZ864 1420 1930

Source: AAP