Breaking: Australians will be allowed to travel to New Zealand and other Pacific nations soon.
The Trans Tasman travel bubble is a special arrangement being made between the national governments of Australia and New Zealand, with other smaller Pacific nations to join.
According to reports the New Zealand/Australia/Pacific travel bubble will begin from July 1.
This will then extend to other countries deemed “safe” from September, according to a timetable produced by the Tourism Restart Taskforce.
There’s hope the travel bubble will extend to many other nations.
A special travel taskforce meets with the federal government once a week to discuss and agree on a plan to reopen the tourism industry.
It’s reported that last week Australian Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham approved the July 1 2020 travel timetable covering domestic travel, events, and international travel.
Yesterday the PM talked up the travel bubble idea with New Zealand.
“It may well be that Sydneysiders can fly to Auckland before they can fly to Perth, or even the Gold Coast for that matter,” Mr Morrison told the National Press Club on Tuesday.
Duty Free Wine, Beer and Spirits
As part of the travel agreement between Australia and New Zealand, the alcohol industry is pushing to increase the amount of duty free goods travellers can buy.
There are significant limits on wine sales for example for Australians traveling to New Zealand and back.
So hopefully more New Zealand Pinot for Aussie tourists when the travel bubble begins July 1.
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Ryan is Contributing Editor