Air NZ hints that MIQ for trans-Tasman flights will be dropped from February 28

Air New Zealand chooses that Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) will be dropped from February 28 for travelers returning from Australia.

When searching the airline’s website for available flights between Australia and New Zealand, a red message next to each flight currently indicates that managed isolation is required, unless passengers are in transit .

However, this rating has been removed from all Trans-Tasman flights from February 28.

Kiwis in Australia should be able to return without having to enter MIQ from February 28.

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Kiwis in Australia should be able to return without having to enter MIQ from February 28.

Flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Auckland on February 28 are currently available for $409, while a flight from Brisbane to Auckland is available on March 1 for $404.

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But Air New Zealand insists it is not a new development, saying it has been selling flights from this date for “some time”.

“On December 21 last year, the New Zealand government announced a postponement of the date when New Zealanders in Australia could return to New Zealand without entering an MIQ facility until the end of February” , said Leanne Geraghty, Air New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer. .

“The government said at the time that it was pushing back the start of non-MIQ travel until the end of February to help increase New Zealand’s overall protection and slow the possible spread of Omicron.

“Based on this, Air New Zealand has changed its schedule and has been offering flights from this date for some time.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to announce that New Zealand citizens in Australia will be able to skip the MIQ and enter New Zealand from 11:59 p.m. on February 27. Things understand.

It is believed that they will need to be vaccinated and undergo a period of self-isolation.

From March 13, New Zealand citizens from the rest of the world should be able to return under similar conditions.

Qantas also has flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Auckland available on February 28, but the Australian airline’s current schedule does not ramp up until the end of March.

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