New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has dismissed Australia’s possibility of a trans-Tasman travel bubble beginning “anytime soon.”
Speaking on Monday morning’s The AM Show at NZ, Ms Ardern said the rates of coronavirus population transmission in Australia were too high to envisage opening up her nation to its people.
“One of the things we said as part of our criteria was that anywhere we have quarantine-free travel, they have to be free of community transmission for a period of time, 28 days,” she said.
“That is going to take a long time for Australia to get back to that place.”
Ms Ardern said it was “very hard to predict” when travel between the two countries might restart, but indicated it might be “on the backburner for … several months”.
“[Victorian Premier] Dan Andrews himself said they were looking like being in that position for months, which is why they’ve gone into their lockdown,” she said.