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New Zealand, Australia Establish Travel Bubble, Quarantine-Free Travel | Health News

Australia and New Zealand will establish a “travel bubble” later this month, allowing people to move between the countries without needing to quarantine.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the trans-Tasman travel bubble will begin just before midnight on April 18.

“The director general of health considers the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from Australia to New Zealand to now be low and that quarantine-free travel would be safe to commence,” Ardern said at a news conference.

Both countries enacted strict border closures and lockdowns at the outset of the pandemic and have all but

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Australia and New Zealand to start quarantine-free travel

Brisbane Airport in April as people flew out of the city prior to its lockdown

Australians will now able to take holidays in New Zealand

Australian and New Zealand residents will be able to travel between the two nations without having to quarantine from 19 April.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the move on Tuesday.

Since October, New Zealand travellers have been allowed to enter most Australian states without quarantine, though this had not been reciprocated.

Both nations have since contained Covid outbreaks and kept infection rates near zero.

The countries shut their borders in March last year and brought in compulsory quarantine for returning nationals.

When outbreaks have emerged, both Australia and

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UK removes Spain from list of quarantine-free travel destinations

Sunbathers pack onto Barceloneta beach in Catalonia: REUTERS
Sunbathers pack onto Barceloneta beach in Catalonia: REUTERS

Boris Johnson has scrapped an air bridge agreement with Spain and reimposed quarantine measures on tourists re-entering Britain from the European country.

It comes after the Spanish health minister reported 971 new infections of coronavirus on Thursday – the biggest daily spike since the lockdown in the country was eased.

The change in policy from the government will mean any tourist returning to the UK from Spain will be requested to self-isolate for a 14-day period, or risk being fined by the authorities. It takes effect from midnight.

A government spokesperson said

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Ireland excludes British travellers from quarantine-free ‘green list’

dublin - Getty
dublin – Getty

British holidaymakers are subject to a 14-day quarantine in Ireland as the UK was excluded from the country’s travel ‘green list’. 

The 15 countries Ireland has deemed safe to travel to include: Malta, Finland, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Slovakia, Greece, Greenland, Gibraltar, Monaco and San Marin. These destinations have similar or lower rates of coronavirus cases to Ireland.

Portugal, Spain, France and the US are among the other countries popular with Irish travellers that were excluded from the list. 

Irish travellers are still advised “to avoid all non-essential travel overseas until further notice” with

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