New Zealand to resume travel to Perth - Minister
Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Western Australia will resume from midday tomorrow, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says.
It comes after it was revealed today a person managed during the Perth lockdown to fly from Perth to Auckland, via Sydney, and travelled on to Northland.
Perth and the nearby Peel Region, to the city's south, went into a short lockdown on Friday after a Covid-19 cluster was identified at a quarantine hotel.
That prompted New Zealand to put a pause on the trans-Tasman bubble for Western Australia.
The Perth and Peel lockdown ended today, and Hipkins this evening announced travel would soon resume.
Close contacts will still need to complete 14 days of self-isolation and provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test before departure for New Zealand.
All casual contacts - those who were at the locations of interest at the published time - will need to self-isolate for five days and return a negative test.
Hipkins said the government was satisfied the risk was low.
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