Aussies could be travelling New Zealand quarantine-free before Christmas, according to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The Kiwi PM fronted Channel 7’s Sunrise this morning, with the questions inevitably turning to a “travel bubble” between the two nations.

Ardern said that she could see the bubble opening up by the end of the year.

“As much as we hate to admit it, I think we miss each other,” Ms Ardern told Sunrise.

The change would mean that people travelling between the two nations would no longer need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.


Ardern says that she is currently “working through” the details of the travel bubble with Australian authorities, with those involved taking an “evidence and research”-based approach to the decision.

New Zealand currently has 44 active cases of COVID-19 across the country.