On Monday, Australia and New Zealand announced that citizens could travel freely between the two countries, according to CNN.
This means travelers will not be required to quarantine upon arrival, marking the first time in over a year that this has been possible. Australia had been allowing travelers from New Zealand to travel quarantine-free, but now New Zealand is on board.
"The bubble marks a significant step in both countries' reconnection with the world and it's one we should all take a moment to be very proud of," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
COVID-19 cases in both of these countries have been very low and the countries feel that they are ready to return to some sense of normalcy. However, passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to travel. Individuals must also have spent the past 14 days before getting on a plane in either New Zealand or Australia.
"Today's milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe," Morrison said.