New Zealand has suspended quarantine-free travel arrangements for flights from the Australian state of New South Wales due to a local outbreak of Covid-19 in its state capital, Sydney.
Quarantine-free flights will be suspended for 48 hours from midnight Thursday New Zealand local time, according to New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins.
Flights from New Zealand to New South Wales have not yet been affected.
Thursday’s decision is the first alteration to the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble, which was instituted on April 19.
Two locally acquired cases of Covid-19 were detected in Sydney on Wednesday, a married couple in their 50s.
Some restrictions were reinstated in Sydney on Thursday, including mandatory mask wearing in indoor public places and a limit of 20 people at private gatherings.