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Removal of Restrictions: Travel between New Zealand and Australia without quarantine

For the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic, quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is possible again.

The first flight served the route between the Australian metropolis of Sydney and New Zealand's Auckland on Monday. While New Zealanders have been able to travel to Australia since October without being subject to quarantine, they have had to be in isolation for two weeks on their return journey to New Zealand.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the bilateral agreement in a joint communication as "unique in the world" and "win-win situation" for both countries. In Queenstown, New Zealand on the South Island, the joy was so great that the first passengers from Australia were greeted with music and a free bungee jump from the local Kawarau Bridge.

Both states closed their borders to travelers in March 2020. Apart from a few exceptions, only its own citizens and people with residence were allowed into the country.

New Zealand is considered a model country in crisis because of extremely strict measures and precise contact tracing. In the island state with 4.8 million inhabitants, almost 2,600 cases have been recorded so far, 26 people have died in connection with Covid-19. For a long time it has been largely normal again.

Australia is also very successful in dealing with the pandemic. The authorities have so far confirmed around 29,500 cases and 910 fatalities in a population of more than 25 million people.

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