Passengers returning to New Zealand must, at their own cost, stay in quarantine for two more weeks.
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On Thursday, the first quarantine-free flight from New Zealand to the Australian state of Queensland will arrive in Brisbane. Air New Zealand flight NZ147 leaves Auckland at 7:40 a.m. for Brisbane. Local time, with passengers not expected to be in quarantine upon arrival. On arrival, they must complete a declaration stating that for the last 14 days they have been in New Zealand. Air New Zealand has stated that it will operate five round-trip flights between Auckland and Brisbane every week. According to the New Zealand Herald, those returning to New Zealand must still remain in quarantine for two weeks after arrival and register and pay for controlled isolation. New Zealand abolished local virus transmission, with the last local case reported on Nov. 18, while the state of Queensland celebrated 100 days in December without new cases of coronavirus. With neighboring New South Wales, which has battled a new epidemic in recent weeks, the state has closed its borders, with regular cases currently below 10. Torture has been observing New Zealand’s Covid progress from bungling Britain | Todd AtticusRead moreThe flights from Auckland to Brisbane will run similarly to Air New Zealand’s to Sydney and Melbourne, with different flights for those who meet “Our teams have been working closely with Australian authorities to ensure that all authorities are satisfied that the processes are in place,” she said. Passengers preparing to travel from Queensland to the interstate need to ensure that they have reviewed the travel restrictions of the state and territory and have the necessary travel exemptions or permits, as they are constantly changing.