The timeline for international travel’s restart has just become a whole lot clearer, thanks to a new chart detailing Australia’s plans.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s newly-formed Tourism Restart Taskforce approved the timetable for domestic and international travel, as well as business events, venues and attractions, at its weekly meeting last Friday.
It’s understood Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham attended and presented at the meeting.
According to the proposed timetable, Aussies would be able to travel to New Zealand and the Pacific from 1 July, with travel to other countries deemed safe under a bilateral health agreement to restart from 10 September.
However, it appears all international travel wouldn’t resume until after 15 December.
The Tourism Restart Taskforce is planning for all domestic travel, including domestic expedition cruises, to restart from 5 June.
Whether the proposed timetable is followed will ultimately be up to Australia’s federal and state governments. However, several key departments are already working towards these dates, according to 7News.
Talk of a trans-Tasman bubble has been building in recent weeks, with the Australian government warning that the current state border row will not become an obstacle.
However, Morrison’s New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, said she expects to see the border dispute resolved before Kiwis begin to travel around Australia.