The travel model for the rest of the world will be New Zealand and Australia when we emerge from this pandemic. New Zealand and Australia, with its novel coronavirus outbreaks under control, are potentially the world's hope for the return of international travel. For the first time on May 4, 2020, New Zealand recorded zero new cases since its lockdown in late March. Both countries have severely restricted international travel to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Success is partly based on the "bubbles," which have required New Zealanders to limit contact to a small group of people, usually just their household. This will allow the quarantine-free flow of people between the two neighbors.
How Would It Work?
A travel bubble plan would see quarantine-free travel allowed between two or more countries like Australia and New Zealand. Upon implementation, this plan will require rigorous public health measures to facilitate safe travel like additional quarantine periods. Furthermore, airports may roll out new procedures, tourists may be required to be tested for Covid-19, and only be allowed on the plane once they've got a negative result. Once at their destination, tourists may have their temperature checked. Travelers may need to supply more information so they can be traced. And travelers should be prepared for all travel to be halted again if the situation changes.
Is This The Future of Travel?
The concept of neighboring countries opening for vacation as a way to reopen borders is desperately needed as a source of hope. New Zealand and Australia will move forward cautiously because the rest of the world is watching, and a second COVID-19 wave would ruin their reputation. A successful reopening is good for business. Nevertheless, Rosie Spinks, a writer for Skift, an online resource for global travel information, says everyone wants to know when global travel will recover? Yet, perhaps that's the wrong question. With the rise of the "travel bubble," the prospect of recovery is looking a lot more uneven..."
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