Flight Centre boss pours cold water on early travel to New Zealand

While plans are still underway to open up the Trans Tasman travel bubble by April, Flight Centre managing director Graham Turner says we may see travel to the UK and Israel begin beforehand.

Speaking to News Corp, Turner said the slow roll out of Covid vaccinations in New Zealand made it unlikely it would be ready to welcome Australians before Christmas.

Whereas the UK and Israel were much further ahead with their respective vaccine rollout, with Israel aiming to have their entire adult population vaccinated by March.

“Because of their high infection rate and their fast vaccination program, they will have this under control, some sort of significant herd immunity, ahead of most countries,” he said.

Travel for Australians to New Zealand is subject to there being 28 straight days of no community transmission.

“From talking to our people in New Zealand … there doesn’t seem to be much appetite for either vaccination or international travel. I don’t think New Zealand is going to allow international travellers in until they’re basically vaccinated,” Turner said.