New Zealand and Australia will share a “travel bubble,” in which travelers between the two countries will not be required to quarantine, in the first quarter of 2021, officials announced Monday.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the deal still requires confirmation by Australia’s Cabinet and no significant worsening of the coronavirus pandemic in either nation, according to Reuters.
“It is our intention to name a date … in the New Year once remaining details are locked down,” Ardern said at a Wellington press conference.
New Zealand agreed last week to open travel with the Cook Islands by March, according to Reuters.
New Zealand implemented strict lockdown measures and closed its national borders early in the pandemic and is one of the only countries that minimized both the initial wave and has avoided the resurgence most other countries have seen. Australia,…