Here is what we know about the bubble so far:
What is the trans-Tasman bubble?
The trans-Tasman bubble refers to the plan to let people travel between New Zealand and Australia without having to quarantine at either end. The idea is that as COVID-19 is contained in both countries, there is a low risk of the virus spreading, making it safe to offer quarantine-free travel.
But I thought it was already possible to travel to Australia from New Zealand without having to quarantine?
That is right. Travellers from New Zealand have been able to enter some Australian states without having to quarantine since October, under the Morrison government’s “safe travel zone” arrangement.
But this is only one-way, with passengers returning to New Zealand from Australia still having to complete (and pay for) 14 days of managed isolation on their return. The trans-Tasman bubble will remove this requirement.
So when can the trans-Tasman bubble start?
That is what the New Zealand Prime Minister said
Will I need a vaccine to travel?
No. Ms Ardern said there will be no vaccine requirement for travel under the trans-Tasman bubble.
Will I be able to travel anywhere in Australia or New Zealand?
We will find out more about how this will work on Tuesday but Ms Ardern has said that they will be taking a state-by-state approach – meaning some states will be included in the bubble but not others.
Under the Morrison Government’s existing safe travel zone arrangement, Kiwis can enter New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory without having to quarantine, but not Western Australia.
Ms Ardern has also suggested there will be something similar to the alert level system used in different states in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks.
“We have a plan in the way we deal with Australia that will allow us to turn on and off different states depending on what is happening there,” Ardern said.
This means that in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in Queensland – like what we saw happen last week – the government could quickly shut down travel to and from that particular state. But travel to other states, such as New South Wales and Victoria, could continue, as long as Australia has border controls in place.