Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Australia declares NZ ‘red zone’ flights

AUSTRALIA

Following today’s announcement of seven local cases of COVID-19, the Australian Government has classified all flights leaving New Zealand as Red Zone flights from 11:59pm (AEST) on 18 August to 11:59pm (AEST) on 23 August.

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) will monitor the situation and provide revised guidance to Australians as further information becomes available.

The Government said a review of the travel arrangements would be undertaken on Friday.

“All passengers on flights originating in New Zealand up until 11.59pm (AEST) on 23 August 2021 will need to go into 14 days of supervised hotel quarantine on arrival in Australia and adhere to the requirements of the State and Territory in which they enter,” the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly said.

“New Zealand authorities are investigating these cases and time is required to understand the extent of the spread of COVID-19 in the community and complete tracing and testing of contacts.

“This information will help to determine potential risk from people travelling quarantine-free from New Zealand to Australia,” he told Australian media today.

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