Continued pause to New Zealand green zone flights

A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly about New Zealand green zone flights due to the current COVID-19 outbreak in New Zealand.

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The number of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 with the Delta variant of concern being detected in relation to this outbreak in New Zealand announced on 17 August 2021 is decreasing. However, New Zealand continues to identify new cases of COVID-19, some of whom have been infectious in the community.

Considering this, the Australian Government will continue the pause of green zone flights from New Zealand until 11:59 pm (AEST) on 14 September 2021, with all flights being classified as Red Zone flights until this time.

The Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand and provide revised guidance as further information becomes available. A further review of the travel arrangements will be undertaken on Tuesday 14 September 2021.

All passengers on flights originating from New Zealand up until 11.59 pm (AEST) on 14 September 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.

As New Zealand authorities continue to address and contain this outbreak, further time is required monitor the number of new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 being identified. This information will help to determine potential risk from people travelling quarantine-free from New Zealand to Australia.

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