New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told reporters it is “possible” her country will have a travel bubble with Australia by Christmas.
Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the same thing on Sunday and this morning on Today, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has said it could really be “much, much sooner”.
“Apart from the end of the Auckland spike we have had, we are raring to go and the sooner to get going the better,” Mr Peters said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meet a small fan in Christchurch this week. Getty Images
“Personally, if we can ensure that both in Australia and New Zealand we are safe in what we seek to do, it is very important that we get our tourism back on track as fast as we possibly can.”
The bubble would operate without a quarantine requirement, likely starting with New Zealanders able to enter NSW.