Flights between New Zealand and Western Australia will be reinstated.

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Flights between New Zealand and Western Australia have resumed after being briefly halted due to another Covid-19 outbreak related to a quarantine hotel in Perth.

Today, health officials from both countries met and concluded that the danger to public health in New Zealand is limited.

Flights between Perth and New Zealand can resume as early as tomorrow, according to the Ministry of Health.

“While the public health risk is deemed low, we must all remain vigilant as we enjoy the opportunities Quarantine-Free Travel has given us. There are some additional public health measures we require of people who are or have recently been in Western Australia,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement.

Anyone who has been in Perth since 27 April is advised to check the Western Australian Government website for locations of interest.

Anyone who is still in Perth but intends to fly to New Zealand and was in an area of interest at the time is advised to follow Western Australia’s health recommendations on testing and isolation.

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Anyone who has visited a site of interest is not permitted to fly to New Zealand from Australia within 14 days of their exposure. This covers some new points of interest that are discovered in the coming days but have yet to be revealed.

People who have recently arrived in New Zealand from Australia and were in a place of concern at the designated time are advised to self-isolate and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on having screened.

The Ministry of Health’s touch tracing team is contacting approximately 750 passengers who travelled directly or indirectly between Western Australia and New Zealand between April 27 and May 1 and is providing the above advice.

“Both countries have planned for this type of scenario and are following agreed Trans-Tasman bubble protocols. We always knew disruption to travel plans was possible, and it is important that travellers follow the instructions in order to limit any risk of further spread. We’d like to thank people for their patience and cooperation,” Dr Bloomfield said.

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