If you, like us, have been waiting all lockdown for news of when overseas travel restrictions would lift, you’re going to want to hear this.
According to reports, international travel to New Zealand and the Pacific, aka the Australia/New Zealand travel bubble, is likely to reopen on 1 July this year.
That’s right, in just over a month you could be sipping fresh coconuts in Vanuatu or hitting the ski slopes in Queenstown. Does your face hurt from smiling? Ours too!
The news has some come in from the Tourism Restart Taskforce who meets with the federal government once a week to discuss a plan to reopen the tourism industry.
According to the taskforce, their last meeting on May 22, with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham saw the approval of their domestic and international travel timetable.
If all goes ahead, the timetable would see the first planned flight take place between Canberra and Wellington on July 1.
Even better, according to the timetable, Pacific nations will be included in the proposed New Zealand bubble which means you could be jetting off to New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Fiji. Yes please!
In a press conference, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern revealed she had spoken to the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Tuesday and that they were both keen for travel to resume on both sides.
She added, “We are working to move on this as quickly as we can. We are both very keen on it … across both sides of the ditch.”
“It won’t be too long before we are ready.”
While the timetable is at this stage just a suggestion—the final decision will rest with the Australian and New Zealand governments—with many key departments on board, this date is looking incredibly likely.
Start the holiday planning gang!
To kickstart that wanderlust, here are a bunch of stunning places you had no idea were in New Zealand.
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