Following today’s announcement of seven cases of COVID-19 in the community in New Zealand, the Australian Government has classified all flights originating in New Zealand as Red Zone flights from 11:59pm (AEST) on 18 August 2021 to 11:59pm (AEST) on 23 August 2021.
The Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) will monitor the situation in New Zealand and provide revised guidance as further information becomes available. A review of the travel arrangements will be undertaken on Friday 20 August 2021.
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.
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.