Many Australian states have welcomed arrivals from New Zealand even when the country itself (New Zealand) has required full quarantine for returning Kiwis.
Now, this arrangement from Australia’s side has come to a sudden end after a cluster of Covid-19 cases in Auckland.
Here’s an excerpt from the NZHerald:
Three Australian states are now requiring New Zealanders travelling into their country to undergo a mandatory stay in quarantine.
New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have reimposed Covid restrictions for Kiwis flying into the eastern states following the Valentine’s Day community outbreak, which stands at 11 cases.
Auckland has been officially labelled a hotspot by NSW Health, meaning all arrivals from the city will need to go into hotel quarantine.
From 12.01am local time today (Thursday) all arrivals from Auckland into NSW will be required to go into hotel quarantine.
This includes anyone who has been inside Auckland airport, with travellers given the option to pay up for quarantine or leave Australia to head back to New Zealand.
Here’s an excerpt from the SMH:
Travellers arriving in Australia from New Zealand face tighter restrictions in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania in response to a growing COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland.
At least eight cases have been linked to a cluster at a high school in Auckland that was discovered on February 14 and triggered a snap three-day lockdown in New Zealand’s largest city.
“As a precaution, people who have arrived since Saturday 20 February are also being asked if they are well and are being asked to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they get a negative result, or for 14 days if they attended one of the venues,” a public health alert issued on Wednesday night said.
The arrangement between Australia and New Zealand has been an interesting one. Australia has welcomed visitors from New Zealand, which has kept its border closes for Aussies, and returning Kiwis have been required to go through the usual quarantine process.
The number of “leisure” visitors from New Zealand to Australia under this requirement must have been minimal.
Also, you could say that it is an overreaction to cancel it from Australia’s side after merely eight cases in Auckland.