2 May 2021

Flights between New Zealand and Western Australia to resume

6:30 pm on 2 May 2021

Flights between New Zealand and Western Australia can resume after they were temporarily paused after another Covid-19 outbreak linked to a Perth quarantine hotel.

Air New Zealand plane

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Health officials from the two countries met today and have determined the risk to public health in New Zealand is low.

The Ministry of Health has advised airlines that flights between Perth and New Zealand can resume as early as tomorrow.

"While the public health risk is deemed low, we must all remain vigilant as we enjoy the opportunities Quarantine-Free Travel has given us. There are some additional public health measures we require of people who are or have recently been in Western Australia," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement.

Anyone who has been in Perth since 27 April is advised to check the Western Australian Government website for locations of interest.

Anyone who is still in Perth but is planning to travel to New Zealand and was at a location of interest at the time is asked to follow the Western Australia health advice regarding testing and isolation.

Anyone who has been at a location of interest cannot travel to New Zealand from Australia within 14 days of exposure. This includes any additional locations of interest that are determined in the coming days and yet to be announced.

People who have recently arrived in New Zealand from Australia and were in a location of interest at the specified time, are asked to self isolate immediately and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for information on getting tested.

Around 750 passengers who travelled either directly or indirectly between Western Australia and New Zealand between 27 April and 1 May are being contacted today by the Ministry of Health's contact tracing team and being given the above advice.

"Both countries have planned for this type of scenario and are following agreed Trans-Tasman bubble protocols. We always knew disruption to travel plans was possible, and it is important that travellers follow the instructions in order to limit any risk of further spread. We'd like to thank people for their patience and cooperation," Dr Bloomfield said.

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