跨塔斯曼海峡 – 澳洲与新西兰建立 “旅行泡泡”
On 2 October 2020, PM Scott Morrison announced that there would be a safe travel zone or ‘travel bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Government was confident that New Zealand had properly managed the outbreak of COVID-19 and hence incoming passengers from New Zealand would pose a low risk of COVID-19 transmission to the Australian community. The travel bubble was established on 16 October 2020.
2020年10月2日，莫里森宣布，澳大利亚和新西兰之间建立 “跨塔斯曼海峡 “旅行泡泡 – 无检疫安全旅行区。澳大利亚政府相信，新西兰对冠状病毒病（COVID-19）已经妥善控制，因此来自新西兰的入境旅客把冠状病毒病（COVID-19）传播到澳大利亚社区的风险很小。 “跨塔斯曼海峡 “旅行泡泡于2020年10月16日正式建立。
What does this mean for New Zealand residents? 这对新西兰居民意味着什么？
As noted in the Australian Border Force’s current travel restrictions for passengers coming to Australia, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members are allowed to enter Australia without a travel exemption. These passengers must quarantine in the port of arrival for 14 days and they must pay for the costs of quarantine. Temporary visa holders who do not fall into those categories must request for a travel exemption to enter Australia and are subject to the 14-day quarantine.
What this travel bubble means is that anyone who had been residing in New Zealand for at least the past 14 days, and who has not been in a hotspot in New Zealand can enter Australia without a travel exemption, and without the mandatory 14 day quarantine. Currently, only New South Wales and the Northern Territory are accepting passengers from New Zealand quarantine-free, meaning that should you travel interstate from either New South Wales or the Northern Territory, you will be subject to the mandatory 14 day quarantine.
Travel is only one way 单边旅行泡泡
Unfortunately for Australian citizens and permanent residents, the travel bubble only operates one-way. Australian citizens and permanent residents must request for a travel exemption in order to depart Australia, and the categories of exemptions are limited to the following:
- Travel is part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid;
- Travel is essential for one’s business or one’s employer;
- Travel is required so that one can receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia;
- Travelling outside Australia for three months or longer;
- Travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds;
- Travel is in the national interest.
However, if you are usually resident in New Zealand (for example an Australian citizen with permanent residency in New Zealand), then you do not need to request a travel exemption to depart Australia for New Zealand. That being said, you are subject to New Zealand’s health guidelines upon entry into New Zealand.
If you are a resident of New Zealand and are unsure as to whether you can travel to Australia or if you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident wishing to travel to New Zealand, please do not hesitate to call Kah Lawyers on +61 02 9689 3173 for a telephone or video conference.
如果您是新西兰居民，并且不确定您是否可以前往澳大利亚，或者您是澳大利亚公民且希望前往新西兰的永久居民，请立即拨打+61 02 9689 3173致电Kah Lawyers进行电话或视频咨询。
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