Australia opens up its borders to New Zealand with the first flight from New Zealand already touching down.
Passengers arrived at Sydney airport following the first flight between the two countries since borders were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic 7 months ago.
Travellers arriving in New South Wales and the Northern Territory will not have to quarantine as there are no cases reported in New Zealand at this time. However, passengers from Australia will be asked to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand.
“We have not welcomed international travellers to Sydney in months that have not had to come through customs and go straight on to buses to a hotel to quarantine,”
Sydney Airport chief executive officer, Geoff Culbert.
Jetstar, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways will be offering up to 16 flights a week between the two countries to start with.