Kiwis continue delay on quarantine-free bubble

New Zealand authorities have extended the pause on quarantine-free travel within the trans-Tasman bubble for another eight weeks.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the temporary pause, which was set to expire next Friday, will be reviewed in mid to late November.

“We can see where we are, both countries and states in Australia, on where we are on vaccination rates in eight weeks time and for us it’s appropriate to review it,” he said.

“Obviously, what we have at the moment, in Australia, is a couple of uncontrolled outbreaks and another one they are struggling to control, so we think this is an appropriate position to be in.”

Mr Robertson said that 3000 spaces in NZ’s managed isolation rooms will become available on Monday, and encouraged travellers in Australia looking to enter NZ to apply.

A third managed red flight is also being planned, to bring stranded New Zealanders home.

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