Just one day after South Australia announced it has opened its borders to New Zealanders and become part of the trans-Tasman bubble, it is now calling for the move to be reciprocated.
Premier Steven Marshall will write to NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to seek approval for South Australians to travel into the country.
If successful, it will be the state’s first overseas travel destination since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be asked to let South Australians into her country. Picture: Marty Melville / AFPSource:AFP
Mr Marshall said the move would mean South Australian would not need to quarantine upon arrival.
“South Australia is the safest state in the safest nation, which is why I will be sending a letter to (Ms) Ardern seeking reciprocal travel rights for South Australians heading to New Zealand,” he told The Advertiser.
Premier Steven Marshall wants South Australians to be able to travel to New Zealand quarantine free. Picture: Roy Van Der VegtSource:News Corp Australia
It comes after 12 Kiwis were freed from hotel quarantine on Tuesday.
At the time of their arrival, the New Zealanders were treated like any other international travellers and were placed into medi-hotels.
However, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens announced they no longer needed to isolate as the state’s Transition Committee decided to open up to Kiwis and avoid further confusion over the bubble rules.
He said local authorities had a “level of comfort” surrounding the risk associated with Kiwis coming to the state after speaking to NZ authorities.
Travellers arriving at Adelaide Airport. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Kelly BarnesSource:News Corp Australia
“We made a decision based on information and proper evidence, and that decision has enabled us to relax this current requirement,” Mr Stevens said.
“We’re also happy to receive direct flights from New Zealand.”
The NZ travel bubble allows for Kiwis to fly into NSW, the Northern Territory and now South Australia.
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