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Joyful scenes as Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens up

Joyful scenes as Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens up”

Under the terms of the trans-Tasman bubble agreement, all states, territories and New Zealand can suspend quarantine-free travel with places that have outbreaks.

The initial results from Asia's first restriction-free travel bubble since the pandemic hit, which opened on Monday, showed that travel patterns can depart from their norms after such a long closure and may take time to return to normal.

Air New Zealand Ltd said of the 5,200 passengers booked on Monday, 59% were travelling to New Zealand.

Ardern reassured the public that the case won't affect the travel bubble and Health Minister Andrew Little has spoken to his Australian counterpart about the border-related case. But they have kept their borders closed to the rest of the world, in principle only allowing citizens and permanent residents to enter following a 14-day mandatory quarantine in a hotel.

A giant sign painted near the main runway of the Wellington International Airport greets travellers returning home in Wellington New Zealand Monday April 19. The sign reads “Welcome Whanau” with the second word an Indigenous Maori word meaning famil

In 2019, 1.5 million Australians travelled to New Zealand, while 1.4 million New Zealanders travelled to Australia, according to their respective tourism marketing organisations.

She said it is still possible to get COVID-19, but "it won't make you almost as sick and less likely to get really unwell". These flights are crewed only by members who have not been on high-risk routes for a set period of time.

Television footage showed emotional scenes at the airports with families reuniting and scores of passengers thronging the worldwide departure terminals at Australian airports.

More than half a million New Zealand-born people live in Australia, just over 2% of Australia's population of near 26 million.

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At the Auckland airport, a choir was singing Dave Dobbyn's "Welcome Home" as people hugged and kissed their dear ones.

Signs welcome travelers back to New Zealand at Auckland International Airport.

With the borders open, Ardern said Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison would visit New Zealand in the "not too distant future".

"It's not a massive increase in business and our sector still desperately needs support, but it is a much needed step in the right direction", said Tom Manwaring, chairman of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents.

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