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Tasman bubble on, off, on again?

Industry feedback yesterday indicates there is a sense of ‘we’ll believe it when we see it’ over reports out of Australia that a trans-Tasman bubble (albeit initially one way and possibly limited between the South island and New South Wales) may start before Christmas. That said, any talk of safely and carefully opening borders is welcome.

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern said yesterday that a state-by-state bubble was possible before Christmas, but this sounded no more committed than previous statements.

Later in the day, Deputy Prime Minister chimed in by saying the travel bubble could ‘open up next week if Australia can guarantee to send safety to our country, not danger.’ But Peters was not in favour of any one-way arrangement. He would seek reciprocation from Australia rather than having only Kiwis going offshore.

It is good to see though that the problem of people heading off on a non quarantine flight mixing and mingling with people on transit or coming here from places where Covid is rampant is getting less air than it previously was.

There is a challenge to be overcome, but surely modern airports and immigration protocols can deal with this. So bring on the bubble when we safely can, and lets hope talk starts about the Pacific again, and let’s get domestic cruising going.

Resource: Travelinc Memo

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