Trans-Tasman travel bubble not happening ‘anytime soon’

The much-anticipated trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is not happening “anytime soon” following Victoria’s second wave of Covid-19.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would take Australia “a long time” to return to zero community transmission with travel between the two countries “on the backburner for … several months”.

“One of the things we said as part of our criteria was that anywhere we have quarantine-free travel, they have to be free of community transmission for a period of time, 28 days,” she said.

“That is going to take a long time for Australia to get back to that place.

“[Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews himself said they were looking like being in that position for months, which is why they’ve gone into their lockdown.”

New Zealand lifted all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in early June.