New Zealand is considering opening its borders to Australian travellers as part of a “trans-Tasman bubble” as both nations show marked improvements in Covid-19 rates of infection.
New Zealand has been in Stage Four lockdown to curb the spread of the virus since March 26, with all international travel was prevented except for returning citizens, residents and their families.
But Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said there is a “serious possibility’ that New Zealand could open its borders to Australia sooner than the rest of the world”.
“Our figures with Australia, it’s almost as if we’ve got a trans-Tasman bubble between our two countries, and if the figures keep on going that way, then that is a serious possibility,” he told Newstalk ZB on Thursday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was focused on reducing the spread of Covid-19 before any talks on reciprocal international travel.
“Both of us have the same goal in mind at the moment: get it under control in our own countries, and then we can talk about together, what we are able to achieve,” she said.
“Our best economic strategy is still to win the fight against the virus. Eliminate it.
“We have the opportunity to do something no other country has achieved – elimination of the virus – but it will continue to need a team of five million behind it.”