Australia – New Zealand quarantine-free travel bubble ON HOLD after new COVID cases in Auckland

Australia has put a stop to quarantine-free travel for people arriving from New Zealand after three COVID-19 cases were recorded in Auckland.

In an urgent meeting on Sunday night, Australia’s medical experts declared New Zealand a red zone for an initial period of three days, starting Monday.

“All people arriving on such flights originating within this three-day period will need to go into 14 days of supervised hotel quarantine,” a statement on the Department of Health website said.

The move pops the trans-Tasman travel bubble that let people fly between Australia and New Zealand without having to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine.

The snap meeting was between Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and the chief health officers of Victoria, NSW and Queensland.