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Australians holding out hope for a summer getaway may be spoilt for choice.
New Zealand has long been primed as being the destination for a travel bubble once coronavirus restrictions ease - with progressive talks between the two nations’ leaders taking place on Tuesday night.
But now, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has alluded to several other countries that might join New Zealand.
They include Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Islands, including Fiji.
Morrison has acknowledged Australians are holding out for a holiday and says the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee is working through the details.
Altering the hotel quarantine scheme to allow returned travellers to isolate at home is among changes being weighed up.
“Now, I think home quarantine can play a role in the future and it’s something that is being considered by the AHPPC,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“And particularly as we sort of move beyond the phase we’re in now and we do look to see, to have others, our borders open up at some point to safe locations.
“Whether it be New Zealand or parts of the Pacific or places like South Korea or Japan or countries that have had, I think, a much, higher rate of success, then there are opportunities to look at those alternative methods.”
NZ remains the most likely to establish a travel bubble first, with work underway to have Kiwis travel into Australia within a matter of weeks.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her state would be the first to welcome travellers.
“I think we are at a stage where our systems are resilient, we have built those things into the system and we should feel confident about welcoming people from New Zealand,” she said.
However, she also wants residents to be able to head over the ditch.
“I would hope those route arrangements are reciprocal.”.
SOURCE: 7 NEWS/PACNEWS
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