New Zealand travel bubble set for 2021

Trans-Tasman bubble finally approved

Time to open your executive’s diary: international corporate travel is back on the cards! New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has announced her approval of a travel bubble with Australia in the first quarter of 2021.

While a specific date has not been set, the travel bubble will be dependent on if Australia’s COVID-19 cases stay at a low number.

“We’ve never been wanting to put specific dates prematurely before we’ve made final decisions because people make plans, people book flights, and people may potentially have quarantine bookings that they could cancel.

“We don’t want anyone to do that prematurely until we have certainty around when it will open,” said Arden.

This announcement is welcome news to the business events and corporate travel industry as it opens the door to the industry’s long-awaited recovery.

Australia’s Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt recognised the announcement as the “second half of the equation”.