When can we travel abroad again?

There is a green bud of optimism for the emerging flights. In China, the epicenter of the virus’s first earthquake, passenger traffic rose 7.8% compared to the previous month, according to the country’s watchdog.

Air Asia, one of the largest low-cost airlines in the world, wants to fly some bright red planes next month. Passengers pass through the thermal scanner and are welcomed by cabin crew, who are placed in new PPE uniforms for the designers. Carrying a suitcase is also very limited to prevent passengers from overloading their top cabinets and touching other bags.

In the UK, Wizz Air is ready to restart flights between London and Tenerife in Spain.

Back here, with the exception of returning home, there are some signs of increasing demand for international routes. Air New Zealand and two Chinese airlines are the only airlines offering long-haul flights to Auckland. However, the solution is being examined urgently.

The first international flight with a significant frequency is likely to be operated through Tasman, with Australia following a path similar to New Zealand to control the virus.

The potential benefits of the Trans-Tasman balloon must reach billions. Australia is our biggest tourism market and second largest profitable export.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the first step was to open a quarantine period of 14 days for Australians. At present, our borders are only open to returning to Kiwis.

According to Ardern, this is a “very likely prospect” to enable Australians to travel to New Zealand and undergo mandatory quarantine. Most of the kiwis who want to travel home are already here, which means that hotel isolation facilities tend to have the capacity to handle the limited involvement of Australians.

However, the number of travelers who want to go through quarantine is 14 days small. Therefore, a real change in the Trans Tasman travel game is a reliable, fast and accurate test solution.

I have been told that the “realistic” goal of the tourist community is to end the school holidays in September. The best scenario is to try to capture part of the ski season that runs from June to October.

However, there are some significant obstacles to overcome first. For example, even if a rapid test is used upon arrival in New Zealand, it is not necessary to select someone who is in the incubation phase (the period between exposure and the onset of symptoms). A pre-symptom traveler can take an internal trip after his illness and take part in tourist activities such as jet boats or skiing. During this time, you can run into hundreds of bubbles, making contact tracking difficult.

Technology will be very important to overcome this obstacle. For example, can tourists who enter the country be tested every day on a test smartphone that automatically sends the results to the Ministry of Health? In the first phase of fear, contact with tourists can be carried out and quarantined. It might look remote, but working abroad has already tested potential smartphones.

After a stable system with Australia is implemented and it is proven that the next group of countries to be opened is our neighbors in the Pacific.

Countries such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga rely heavily on tourism and face many difficulties. Instead of distributing cash, our government realizes that the best form of support is tourism that can be operated safely.

The Prime Minister has also begun discussions with Singapore about what a smart border is like, so our travel bubble might also have an Asian component after the second jump in the Covid 19 case was triggered naturally.

In addition, Air New Zealand estimates that countries will “potentially be open to any country,” said Revenue Director Kam Wallace. But there are some significant obstacles before this happens.


The government’s official travel advice is as clear as: “Don’t travel abroad at this time.”

Until that change occurs, travel will be very difficult because most travel insurance companies will not provide insurance coverage if you travel against government advice. And without insurance, you will play corona virus roulette. If you end up in an American hospital without insurance, you will see a bill worth more than $ 50,000.

Although warnings for Australia and the Pacific can be reduced, it will likely take months – or even more than a year – for hotspots like the US and Europe to be blacklisted from the “no travel” list.

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