Pause extended on New Zealand green zone flights
A statement from Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly about the pause on New Zealand green zone flights.
The number of locally acquired cases of COVID-19 with the Delta variant of concern have continued to increase in New Zealand. Considering the case numbers, including several of whom have been infectious in the community, the Australian Government will continue the pause of green zone flights from New Zealand until 11:59pm (AEST) on 7 September 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 7 September 2021.
All passengers on flights originating in New Zealand up until 11.59pm (AEST) on 7 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 investigate and address this outbreak, further time is required to contain this outbreak 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.