The Department of Home Affairs has announced that from 16 October 2020 people can travel from New Zealand into Australia without having to undertake quarantine if:
- you have been in New Zealand for 14 days or more and not been in a designated hotspot, and
- you are travelling to Australia on a quarantine-free flight.
You do not need to be a New Zealand citizen to travel to Australia quarantine-free if you are able to meet the above criteria however you will need a visa to enter Australia.
At this stage, only entries into Australia will only be permitted to New South Wales and the Northern Territory. The Department has advised that other states and territories may be added at a later date.
If you are a New Zealand citizen living outside of New Zealand this exemption does not apply.
Currently there are no hotspot’s in New Zealand (as at the time of writing this article) however the Department has advised this is subject to change at very short notice and encourage people to read the Australian Government’s hotspot definition that is available online at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/listing-areas-of-covid-19-local-transmission-as-hotspots-for-the-purpose-of-provision-of-commonwealth-support