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As many of you will have heard, the travel bubble between Melbourne and New Zealand has been suspended as such there will be no flights arriving into New Zealand from Victoria.

Furthermore, the Government is introducing pre-departure testing for anyone who was in Victoria in the days leading up to the Victoria travel bubble pause. 

This means that people who were in Victoria from 20 -25 May and are flying to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia must return a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. Anyone who has been in Victoria since 7:59pm on 25 May cannot fly to New Zealand at all.

This pre-departure testing requirement will come into effect after 11:59pm (NZT) on 31 May 2021.

Advice for recent returnees from Melbourne

The advice from the Ministry of Health for those who have returned to New Zealand from Melbourne at any time from 11 May is as follows:

If you have been in the wider metropolitan area of Melbourne on or after 20 May:

  1. Get a test and self-isolate at home or in the accommodation you are staying in until you have a negative
  2. Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need further advice.

If you have been at one of these locations of interest at the date(s) and time(s) indicated:

  1. Self-isolate at home or in the accommodation you are staying in.
  2. Get a test five days from the point of exposure.
  3. Contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you need further advice.

If you have been anywhere in Melbourne from 11 May to 19 May but were not at any of the places of interest:

  1. Watch for symptoms and get tested/seek advice if any occur.

The situation is evolving very quickly so please keep up to date via the Ministry of Health website.

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