The number of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 have continued to increase in the community in New Zealand. Considering the increasing case numbers and the COVID-19 Delta variant of concern, the Australian Government will continue the pause of green zone flights from New Zealand until 11:59 pm (AEST) on 31 August 2021. Until this time, all flights originating in New Zealand will be classified as Red Zone flights.
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 31 August 2021.
All passengers on flights originating in New Zealand up until 11.59 pm (AEST) on 31 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.
As New Zealand authorities continue to investigate and address this outbreak, the increase in case numbers indicates further time is required to contain the spread of COVID-19 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.