Set your sights on New Zealand, as our kiwi neighbour welcomes Aussie travellers once again.
The trans-Tasman bubble has officially opened, allowing visitors to fly between the two countries without needing to quarantine before or after travel.
Andrew Waddel, Tourism New Zealand’s General Manager, told Today there would be “emotional scenes” in New Zealand today as friends and families reunite following border closures last March.
“Building from that, there are going to be business travellers and holiday arrivals,” Mr Waddel said.
“New Zealand gets to welcome back our Australian friends and vice-versa, New Zealanders coming back to Australia as well.”
It’s been a long time coming, but Mr Waddel said, “We’re really excited. It’s a great buzz here in the airport.”
As well as seeing family and friends reunite, the trans-Tasman bubble would also offer a large economic return and create jobs according to Mr Waddel.
He recommended that Australians eager to travel to “plan ahead” and do their research ahead of their trip.
“We’re encouraging people to visit websites like New Zealand.com or COVID19.gov.nz and they’ll provide good travel advice,” he said.
“Download the COVID app, plan ahead and have contingencies in place as well.”
“There’s so much to offer … which we’re looking forward to sharing soon. We’re really excited.”
On the night of Sunday, April 18, the first quarantine-free flight between the two countries touched down in Auckland, just minutes after the trans-Tasman bubble officially opened.
This article originally appeared on Over60.