The joy of reunion is immense: isolated trips between New Zealand and Australia have become possible for the first time since the onset of the corona epidemic a year ago.
“Oh, this is wonderful, I’m not talking. I am so grateful that I can come back. I’m totally shivering now. “
Although New Zealanders have been able to travel to Australia without isolation since October, they have had to be alone for two weeks on their return trip to New Zealand. Many family and friends have not seen each other for more than a year and were finally able to hug each other again:
“She’s my adopted daughter. She’s 12 years old. Her father has no clue that she’s here. We surprise him.”
“He has been gone since November 2019, meanwhile both of his parents have died. We haven’t seen him in a long time, so we’re very excited. “
Australia and New Zealand closed their borders in March 2020. With a few exceptions, only its own citizens and permanent residents were allowed into the country. This is part of the two countries’ rigorous no-govt strategy, which has come through the epidemic well to date.
The bilateral travel agreement now aims to reunite thousands of families and friends, but stimulates the economy. According to Australian Premier Scott Morrison, more openings need to be made “carefully and cautiously”.