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Trans-Tasman bubble gets the nod, but not for cruise ships yet

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Ann Sherry said all elements of tourism will be discussed
Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt welcomed Monday’s news that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Cabinet agreed in principle to establish a trans-Tasman ‘bubble’ early next year.

Hunt said increased travel between the two countries would benefit both economies.

Cases negligible

‘We consciously opened up Australia to people coming from New Zealand because their (COVID-19) case numbers were negligible,’ he said. 

‘It is our intention to name a date for the commencement of the trans-Tasman quarantine-free travel in the new year, once remaining details are locked down,’ Ardern said. 

The ban on international travel in Australia is in place until March 17.

Ann Sherry’s Forum

An Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF) headed by Carnival Australia adviser and former chairman Ann Sherry has been working for months, investigating what protocols need to be in place for travel between the two countries to resume.

The ANZLF committee includes health and border force officials from both sides of the Tasman and peak tourism bodies.

Air transport

The trans-Tasman bubble will initially apply to air transport.

However, Sherry told Seatrade Cruise News ‘we will be raising all the elements of tourism as part of this discussion.’

Cook Islands bubble

Over the weekend, New Zealand and the Cook Islands announced a similar travel bubble for people to travel between the two countries without quarantine.

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