New Zealand, Australia consider coronavirus 'travel bubble'

By Colin Packham and Praveen Menon

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This sounds great. I wish they would also make bubbles to travel in on planes. I would pay for that. We need our freedom to travel back.

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Tom - This sounds great. I wish they would also make bubbles to travel in on planes. I would pay for that. We need our freedom to travel back.

Unfortunately, there will be no further extensions of international travel to and from Australia and NZ for quite some time. There is talk of January next year before Australia and NZ open their boarders to freedom of international travel again.

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Picking this will happen in the second half of June.

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Disillusioned, if you are correct, then the basic economy of New Zealand will be completely finished by that time, correct? Do they not rely on tourism as either their largest or second largest source of revenue? How can they survive 9 more months without any tourists?

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With Australian's unable to travel anywhere but New Zealand there might be a big enough tourism boom to keep New Zealand alive

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I went out for groceries today in Melbourne and it looked pretty normal. Some retail business were closed but the amount of traffic indicated people are not staying home and a lot of business are operating. The virus is not yet gone but people are starting to act like it has and that is dangerous and could lead to a new spike in cases. This needs to be completely eradicated like SARS was before we let up and go back to normal business as usual. The alternative is to go through all this again and for much longer.

Its only half time. The game is not over.

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Sheep. Bilateral trade and tourism.

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NZ is not Bali, it's a rich country that can rely on exportation of dairy, agriculture...

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Sheep. Bilateral trade and tourism.

Not much market for lamb in Japan.China's threatening to torch trade between the two countries,because Austalia wants to do Trump's bidding of an investigation.And China's the no.1 trading partner! And as for tourism? Australia is NOT a repeater country to visit. It's a beautiful country,but boring,costly and far to get to.The eighth state of N.Z. is more or less the same.Their two man bubble would be a disaster.

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Not much market for lamb in Japan.

Which is why Japan only counts for a very small percentage of NZ sheep exports. NZ could probably lose that particular market in Japan and not be affected too much.

Their two man bubble would be a disaster.

For whom? It would actually serve its purpose really well with only travel between the two nations permitted and nothing else until such a time as the current pandemic is no longer considered a threat. People who are too far from Australia or NZ would be outside the bubble so that is irrelevant anyway.

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Tourism and education are big sectors, and the loss will hurt some. There will be bankruptcies and some big losses. Fortunately NZ and Australia are relatively wealthy countries in good positions fiscally (unlike Japan), so they can pump prime their economies to get through this. If they come out this quickly, and it looks likely they may, then they will be in a good position going forward. So, if you think things will be bad down under, compare elsewhere in one years time.

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Their two man bubble would be a disaster


Below is the latest statistics of overseas tourists to Australia:

International Tourists To Australia

Rank Source Country. VisitorCount

China. 1,323,000

2. New Zealand. 1,272,000

United States. 764,000

United Kingdom. 674,000

Japan. 445,000

Singapore. 407,000

India 350,000

Malaysia. 346,000

Hong Kong. 280,000

South Korea. 256,000

NZ is actually the second largest international tourist group with over 1.2 million kiwis visiting Australia in a year. I doubt that the number will be that high as NZ's economy is hit hard. However, since international tourism in Australia is literally on life support now. We are happy to take any kiwi touridt coming here.

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@yoshisan88: The numbers might appear high,but Kiwis going to Oz aren't spend big money.If anything, they're looking to move there since more Kiwis live in Oz than in N.Z!!

As above @Haaa Nemui. Little money, business wise between two small countries.

And @geronimo2006, I was living in Oz the last time of a recession.And it was NO joke.SMH only had a one page job ad. Australia is small time internationally.Will suffer more than you think.

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But I appreciate the three of yous comments.Been trying to get my ol' lady back for a visit,but she's like what for? And that's where we met!!

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Well this is very good news indeed. And that was a very good point that you made there @Andrew Crisp, if they have a travel bubble between two countries, then Australians should definitely funnel into New Zealand for tourism purposes.

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If anything, they're looking to move there since more Kiwis live in Oz than in N.Z!!

Rubbish. That would mean 5 million kiwis in Australia. In reality, there are about 15% of that. You're out by an outback mile. Try making sense instead of trying to disparage countries through your made up numbers.

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But I appreciate the three of yous comments

You are welcome, mate.

I was living in Oz the last time of a recession.And it was NO joke.

That would be almost 30 years ago. Things have changed a lot here. It will be tough but I believe Aussies can overcome it.

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