"The director-general of Health considers the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from Australia to New Zealand is low and that quarantine free travel is safe to commence," she says.
To be eligible to travel to or from New Zealand on a quarantine free flight people must not had a positive COViD-19 test result in the previous 14 day period.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) says opening the borders with Australia is essential to ensuring the sector’s economic future. “Australian clients are telling us they want to meet and do business person-to-person in New Zealand, and we can’t wait to welcome them back,” BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins says.
“This is a much-deserved relief for our business events industry members who have really battled for the last year,” she says.
“Business events are planned and booked well in advance, and today’s news will give Australian organisers the confidence needed to plan and book their events in New Zealand, not just for this year, but further ahead."
BEIA is hosting New Zealand’s largest business events showcase, MEETINGS in early June. Australian buyers have already registered to attend the event, on 2 and 3 June in Auckland, in anticipation of today’s announcement. They will also be given the opportunity to join eight planned familiarisations around the country, offering a first-hand experience of New Zealand’s regional capabilities to host future conferences, incentives and meetings.