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Covid-19 coronavirus travel bubble: Automated Air NZ message suggests borders about to close to Australia

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22 Jul, 2021 07:37 PM3 minutes to learn

Is NZ’s border already closed to Aussie? Air NZ message says it’s. Video / NZ Herald

An automated voice message on the Air New Zealand common inquiries telephone line suggests the transtasman travel bubble is already closed.

Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper reported this morning that his calls into the final inquiries line of the nationwide provider led to an automatic voice message that mentioned quarantine-free travel between the nations had been paused.

The automated voice message mentioned: “The New Zealand Government has announced an extended pause on quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand. We are working closely with the Government for people to return home as soon as possible.”

Asked about the message, Air New Zealand common supervisor of buyer Leeanne Langridge mentioned it was recorded and uploaded on 5pm on Wednesday 21 July in response to massive will increase in name volumes.

“With Quarantine Free Travel paused from a number of Australian states, we found customers were confused about their ability to travel and the team tried to simplify the message. Unfortunately in this case the simplification has led to an incorrect message that the New Zealand Government had announced an extended pause of quarantine-free travel with Australia,” Langridge mentioned.

“This is a rapidly changing environment, and our teams are doing their best to get the most up to date information to customers, we apologise that in this case we may have added to the confusion.”

This comes amid an escalating outbreak of the Delta pressure of coronavirus in Australia.

Cabinet ministers met yesterday to talk about the transtasman bubble – with a full pause probably to have been mentioned.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister mentioned that an replace was anticipated right this moment. No official public assertion has been launched by the Government to this point.

The assembly is known to be a full Cabinet assembly, with ministers assembly regardless of many being on go away – together with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson.

Half of the Australian inhabitants is at present in lockdown and NSW yesterday had essentially the most each day circumstances for the reason that newest Delta outbreak started.

A serious security concern stays with up to half of the arrivals from Australia not being checked for adverse pre-departure checks.

The transfer by Air New Zealand signifies the airline has already made the decision to shut the border between the 2 nations.

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