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Australia-New Zealand travel bubble could be in place by September, expert group says

The plan for a ‘Trans-Tasman bubble’ to allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries could be presented to both governments as early as next week, and could be operational by September, the expert working group behind the proposal has said.

Canberra and Wellington have been discussing the possibility of a travel bubble between the countries as both countries have - to date - slowed the spread of Covid-19, to levels well below those seen in the United States, the UK, and across Europe.

On Wednesday, the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said in conversations with her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison there was enthusiasm from both sides for travel to resume.

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Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference in Wellington on Wednesday.

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