Daily US Times: The first passengers from New Zealand have touched Australia’s ground under new “travel bubble” arrangements between Australia and New Zealand. The flight was from Auckland to Sydney.
None of the passengers on the flight will be required to quarantine in Australia.
However the passengers will have to pay for their own quarantine in a hotel when they return to New Zealand.
The bubble is one-sided at the moment, with Australians not allowed to enter New Zealand.
New Zealand and Australia are among the first countries in the Asia-Pacific region to loosen restrictions on international travel since travel bans for Covid-19 came into effect earlier this year.
On Thursday, Hong Kong and Singapore announced that they had agreed to quarantine-free travel between the two cities. They did not say when travel would begin.
The bubble between Australia and New Zealand currently applies only to the state of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, but the officials in Australia said they hoped to expand to other states soon.
New Zealanders can travel quarantine-free to Australia if they have not been to a Covid-19 hotspot for 14 days, according to the deal.
But a holiday in Australia could be expensive for New Zelanders. Upon their return, New Zealand passengers will have to quarantine at a cost of NZ$3,100 ($2,045; £1,586) for the first person and more for additional family members.
Air New Zealand said on Friday that about 90% of those travelling with them were booked one-way.
Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas, all had flights scheduled to arrive in Sydney on Friday.