26 Apr 2020

Travel to New Zealand likely to re-open with 'natural partner' Australia

5:34 pm on 26 April 2020

New Zealand will likely be the first country Australians will be able to visit after Covid-19 restrictions are eased, Australia's home affairs minister Peter Dutton says.

A Qantas Boeing 737, left,lands as a Qantas Q-400, right, prepares to take off at Sydney International Airport in November 2011.

File photo. Photo: AFP

International travel is banned under the Australian federal government's measures to prevent new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus arriving from overseas.

Dutton said the United States and United Kingdom had too many cases to re-start travel with them, but told Sky News that trans-Tasman travel could re-open over the short or medium term.

"You could look at an arrangement with New Zealand given they're at a comparable stage as we are in the fight against this virus," Dutton said.

"You could look at other nations in our region if they've enjoyed the same success, but New Zealand might be the natural partner."

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