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Australian official urges NZ to consider ‘something more reciprocal’ than current one-way travel bubble

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer says he “certainly would welcome” it if New Zealand reconsidered its position on the current one-way quarantine-free travel arrangement.

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Australian Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly urged New Zealand to reconsider his country’s “epidemiological situation”. Source: 1 NEWS

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly urged New Zealand to reconsider Australia’s “own epidemiological situation and maybe have something a bit more reciprocal than we've currently got at this stage”.

New Zealanders can travel to all states in Australia, except for Western Australia, without having to quarantine for 14 days. But Australians can’t currently come to New Zealand quarantine-free.

“But we are in close discussions with our New Zealand colleagues all the time on that one,” Kelly said of two-way quarantine-free travel.

“We have had many tens of thousands of people come across the ditch in the last few months [and] not a single case,” he added.

Last month, the New Zealand Government agreed in principle to establish a two-way travel bubble with Australia before March this year.

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