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Airports get busy as Australia-New Zealand quarantine-free travel begins

Sun 18th April, 2021 11:48pm
By Renju Jose
    SYDNEY, April 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of passengers thronged
Australian airports on Monday as an open border system began
with New Zealand, a pandemic milestone that allows Australian
residents to fly there for the first time in over a year without
having to quarantine for two weeks.
    Though most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free
visits from New Zealand residents since late last year, New
Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour,
citing concern about sporadic virus outbreaks there.
    Television footage showed hundreds of passengers crowding
the international departure terminals at Australian airports.
    "It is the first time in 400 days that people can travel
quarantine-free and we are adding 16 return flights a day to New
Zealand, and they are full," Qantas  QAN.AX  Chief Executive
Alan Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corp on Monday. 
    The open border will help drive the economic recovery for
both countries and reunite thousands with families and friends,
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand's
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a joint statement.
    "It is truly exciting to start quarantine-free travel with
Australia. Be it returning family, friends or holiday-makers,
New Zealand says welcome and enjoy yourself," Ardern said.
    Both Australia and New Zealand had largely closed their
borders to non-citizens and permanent residents more than a year
ago, helping to keep their COVID-19 numbers relatively low
compared with several other developed countries.    
    Morrison and Ardern warned travellers to prepare for
disruptions to travel arrangements at short notice in the event
of COVID-19 outbreaks, and said the risks of quarantine-free
travel will be under "constant review". 
    Both leaders also flagged the possibility of extending
quarantine-free travel to other countries in the Pacific region
when "it is safe to do so."    

 (Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Karishma Singh)
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