• Getting the feet wet at Paparoa National Park.
    Getting the feet wet at Paparoa National Park.

Australians and New Zealanders can go between both countries without needing to apply for an exemption or spend time in quarantine but there are rules you have to follow.

Who is eligible to travel? To be eligible for the bubble, a person must have spent the previous 14 days in either Australia or New Zealand — this doesn't mean you are required to stay for 14 days once there.

A person must also:

  • Not be awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Not have had a positive COVID-19 test in the previous 14 days
  • Not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, with or without a fever
  • Normal immigration, Customs and biosecurity rules still apply.

Do I need to quarantine? The travel bubble allows people to fly between Australia and New Zealand without having to quarantine on arrival. However, travellers have been warned that quarantine-free travel could be paused or suspended at any time.

Do I need to wear a face mask on the plane? Yes. Face masks are mandatory when you are in an Australian airport and on board international and domestic flights. Masks are not required for children under 12 years of age or those with a medical condition who have an official medical certificate.

Do I need to check in at locations in New Zealand? All businesses and services in New Zealand are required to provide a QR code for the government's NZ COVID Tracer app.

Services include buses, ferries, trains, taxis, shuttles and ride-shares. Checking in is not mandatory, however the New Zealand government says the app is the most effective way to speed up contact tracing if a COVID-19 case is detected.

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