A big day for Australia and New Zealand people can now travel both ways between the two countries without quarantine. It is the first time in over a year Australians can leave the country without exemption. The bubble means the old 14 day quarantine Australians had to do in New Zealand is now gone.
Until late last year, the same rules applied to Australians coming from New Zealand as they do to anyone arriving in Australia. A 14 day $3000 quarantine. In October last year Australia opened the one way border for NSW and NT to New Zealand with other states slowly being added (the last being Western Australia which opened the border to New Zealand today.) But it has had bumps along the way with Australia closing the border to New Zealand following outbreaks of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
The bubbe also means the resumption of flights between Tasmania and New Zealand for the first time in 23 years.
Overall the opening means families can reunited, Australians can look at an overseas holiday in New Zealand, whilst the rest of the world is banned from entering New Zealand, potentially till 2022 due to slow rollouts of vaccines in New Zealand and also Australia.