5 Steps to Travel The NZ Trans Tasman Bubble

The NZ Trans Tasman Bubble means that you have the chance to shed your COVID-19 skin, gaze at the New Zealand mountains and reunite with your kiwi cousins once again. 🎉

Disclaimer: The situation can change quickly, NZ has just closed its borders to NSW until 25/06/21 11:59PM.
We will be making an entire guide on the best ways to stay up to date in the near future.
Refer to Department of Home Affairs and New Zealand's covid19.govt.nz for up to date information.

This article covers important information you should know and easy steps you'll need to take so that you can travel to New Zealand without a headache.

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5 Simple Steps to Travel the NZ Trans Tasman Bubble.

You don't want to be stressing out over what is meant to be a fun, relaxing experience.

Keep reading to know, step by step, what you need to do so you can make sure to have a smooth travel adventure.

Well, the good news is, it's pretty simple! 🎉

Here are the 5 simple steps to follow...

  1. Determine if you're eligible to fly
  2. Fill out an online declaration
  3. Prepare for health and safety measures
  4. Download the NZ COVID Tracer App
  5. Get the right insurance


1 - Determine if you are eligible to fly

If you don't meet the criteria mentioned, you won't be permitted to board the flight and you'll have to say goodbye to your travel plans.

But it's very simple, the criteria is...

  • You are NOT awaiting test results for COVID
  • You have NOT tested positive to COVID in the past 14 days
  • You are NOT experiencing COVID symptoms
  • You have been in Australia for the past 14 days
  • Your state of residence is not currently under border closure


2 - Fill out an online declaration

You will be required to show your online declaration to the airline before your flight, otherwise you might be prevented from boarding.

Here's the link to the the "Quarantine Free to Travel" declaration form.

It mainly asks you about your travel plans and contact details.

You should fill this out after you’ve booked your flight because you'll need your flight number to complete it.


3 - Prepare for health and safety measures

The last thing you'd want is to end up contracting COVID-19 while you’re travelling.

So here are some safety measures to help prevent that…

First, you’re required to wear a mask when flying and when you arrive in NZ.

Masks need to be worn on public transport and domestic flights, otherwise, you could be fined NZ$300 if you're caught without a mask on.

So don’t forget to pack one! 

Refer to our Ultimate Pre-Flight Checklist to make sure you haven't forgotten anything.

Second, health professionals will check your temperature and assess your health when you land.

At this stage, New Zealand is at Alert Level 1 which is the lowest restriction level.

You can keep up to date with New Zealand's alert level here.

4 - Download the NZ COVID-19 Tracer App

It helps to keep track of where you've been so that contact tracers can get in touch if they need to.

It also has information about hot spots and where to get a test which might be useful if you do end up getting sick.

You can download it from the Apple App Store or Google play.

Trans Tasman Travel Bubble Guide 2021

5 - Get the right travel insurance

More insurance providers are including COVID-19 benefits that could save you a lot of money if, in the worst case scenario, you did contract COVID-19 on your trip, or your trip gets cancelled..

For Aussies looking for helpful article on Travel Insurance you can refer to this great article by Choice.com.au.

It goes in-depth about Travel Insurance for the NZ Trans-Tasman Bubble.

The bottom line.

You shouldn't hesitate to plan a trip to New Zealand. 

As long as the borders aren't shut... 🤞

There's no doubt you'll have an amazing trip.

Hopefully this information has put your mind at ease about navigating the NZ Trans-Tasman Bubble. 

What are your thoughts about the requirements for travelling to NZ?

Is it worth it for you?

Do you have advice for other Aussies going to NZ this year?

Join the conversation on the trans Tasman travel bubble here → 

Thanks so much for reading! 

As always, happy travels from SimsDirect ❤️

P.S If you're planning your trip to NZ, don't forget a Travel SIM!

View the best SIM cards for NZ here →