A Trans-Tasman Bubble May Not Be On the Cards Until March 2021

Bummer.

Not this again. Air New Zealand boss Greg Foran reckons opening up a trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and NZ won’t be on the cards any time soon. 

“I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year”, he told The Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s hard to believe it would be before March next year and could well be longer,” he says. “If it comes back quicker, we’re going to pop some champagne.” 

The airline CEO believes elimination of COVID-19 is looking increasingly unlikely. “The vaccine is not going to be 100 percent effective, not everybody is going to take it, and it's going to take years to get distributed," he added. Cheers, Greg. What a buzzkill. 

To be fair, though, Foran is not a politician or a public health official, so this is kind of just some guy's best guess.

Meanwhile, Australian PM Scott Morrison again raised the possibility of a travel bubble at last Friday’s national cabinet meeting – on the condition travel would only occur between regions with no known outbreaks. This would allow for passengers to avoid having to quarantine on arrival. But how that limited travel bubble would work, exactly? "It's unclear at this point," says the ABC. Fair enough. It looks like the government is still tossing around ideas.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern hit pause on the NZ travel bubble proposal back in August because of the growing coronavirus outbreak in VIC. Since then, an outbreak in Auckland made the possibility of trans-Tasman travel even more unlikely. 

But in some positive news, it looks like VIC is finally getting case numbers under control, recording only 11 new cases of coronavirus this morning. So could some kind of travel bubble be closer than we think? 

As always, watch this space.

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