New Zealanders forced to wait months in Australia for a place in their country’s hotel quarantine program hope Monday’s announcement of an impending travel bubble will allow them to return home quicker.
The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, told reporters on Monday the long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble was expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.
“It is our intention to name a date … in the new year, once remaining details are locked down,” she said.
That came as welcome news for New Zealanders waiting up to three months for a hotel, who may now be able to avoid quarantine altogether:
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