Air New Zealand is resuming its quarantine-free flights to Brisbane, now that Queensland is once again allowing Kiwis to enter the state.
On Saturday, the Queensland state government announced it was reinstating New Zealand as a safe travel zone country, after halting travel in late February due to community cases in Auckland.
Air New Zealand confirmed in a travel alert on Saturday night that as a result of the announcement, its services to Brisbane would recommence. The website showed seats available on quarantine-free flights to Brisbane from Monday.
Earlier this month, the states of New South Wales and Victoria also gave the green light for travel from New Zealand to resume, which meant Air New Zealand could once again offer quarantine-free flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
The three destinations are currently accessible to Kiwis under the Australian government’s “safe travel zone” arrangement which lets travellers from New Zealand enter without having to quarantine on arrival, though requirements differ by state.
The arrangement is still only one-way, with passengers returning to New Zealand from Australia still having to complete 14 days of managed isolation.
However, in recent weeks there has been talk of a two-way travel bubble opening up from mid-April.
Air New Zealand last week announced that when the trans-Tasman bubble is established, it will launch a new route between Auckland and Hobart.