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Visitor visas will be the first to join an enhanced visa application system expected to reduce backlogs and speed approvals, says Immigration New Zealand.
Businesses can now apply to take part in the government’s self-isolation pilot scheduled to start in October.
Border processing levies (BPL) for most arrivals in New Zealand are to more than double from 1 December.
Opposition parties have released border re-opening plans that focus on a move away from eradication to containing Covid-19 but refrain from setting specific dates for lifting border restrictions.
The pilot will allow a short business trip overseas for fully-vaccinated people but they must self-isolate for 14 days when they return.
The Auckland Business Chamber has welcomed the release of more detail around a trial for home isolation for business travellers.
“People will be able to freely travel outside of Australia, with no restrictions,” says Australian tourism minister Dan Tehan.
And it’s “somewhat unlikely” quarantine-free travel will resume then, says finance minister Grant Robertson.
The Delta variant has changed the equation, says the former Air NZ boss.
The trans-Tasman bubble led to an increase of international visitors by approximately 500% in comparison to the weeks prior, according to figures from Data Ventures.
There will be assessments and checks at each step of the process, says Jacinda Ardern.
The resumption of cruises from Australia in summer appears remote even if border restrictions are eased in early 2022.
NZ should stick to its elimination strategy while cautiously re-opening, says the govt’s Covid advisory group.
Details on the government’s plan for ‘reconnecting New Zealanders’ will be released on Thursday.
A plan operators can use to prepare for the reopening of borders is top of the wishlist.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble with all of Australia will close completely at midnight tonight.
The eight-week suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble had an immediate impact on operators.
Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.
However, having one might not immediately change the need for 14 days of managed isolation for arrivals.
It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.
Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.
The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.
We will soon be able to see the government’s proposed pathway forward.
The government also makes Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for more border jobs.
Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.
The pause in quarantine-free travel from New South Wales and Queensland will continue for the time being.
But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.
But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.
Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.
The travel bubble pause allows New Zealand to work on its Covid-19 response, writes senior lecturer Matt Hobbs.
Operators in the north are also feeling the impact of curtailed travel but to varying degrees.
With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.
A number of hospitality outlets were also visited by the tourist.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.
Those who visited Bondi Junction mall on 12 and 13 June urged to test immediately.
Ardern’s comments come as more countries require vaccination passports for international travellers.
Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.
The vast majority of arrivals from Australia came to visit family and friends, says Stats NZ.
Covid-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins says the suspension will continue for a further seven days.
The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.
“It’s good to get more eyes on this place,” says Ziptrek’s executive director, Trent Yeo.
There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.
The decision was made following the growing number of Covid cases in Melbourne.
There have been nine cases of Covid-19 in the past two days in Melbourne.
But it could be longer before unrestricted global travel resumes, says the department.
Overseas arrivals in the month since the two-way bubble with Australia opened are up nine-fold compared with arrivals in the preceding 31-day period.
Air NZ reports strong forward bookings for the school holidays.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand resumes today.
Tourism in the Cook Islands accounts for 67% of GDP there, meaning that the entire economy rather than just one sector would likely feel the effects of the travel bubble.
Air NZ promptly announces more flights to Rarotonga saying almost 110,000 Kiwis headed there in 2019.