Pre-departure testing will be required when the trans-Tasman bubble reopens to travellers from four Australian states next week.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said Cabinet had made the decision “in principle” to lift the pause to allow travellers from South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Victoria to travel to New Zealand from 11.59pm on Sunday July 4, adding that the health advice was that the spread of Covid-19 in these parts of Australia has been “contained at this point”.
Travellers from these states would be required to get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure.
"Cabinet carefully weighed up the evidence this morning and we consider that partially lifting the pause at this point is an appropriate course of action, particularly when bolstered with the introduction of a mandatory pre-departure test," Hipkins said.
Remaining pauses with states that are at higher risk would be revied by Cabinet, noted Hipkins. Risk assessments have been completed for each state and territory, with New South Wales currently the highest risk state, and Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia considered a moderate risk.