Flights between New Zealand and New South Wales will be back on after two positive Covid cases in Sydney put a temporary halt on the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
Planes will be permitted to touch down in New Zealand from 9:59pm (AEST) on Sunday, meaning Australians headed to the land of the long white cloud will not have to undergo hotel quarantine.
But the Kiwi government has warned that anyone who has been to venues listed as Covid hotspots by NSW Health within the past 14 days at the specified times, will not be allowed to enter the country.
Flights between New Zealand and New South Wales will be back on after two positive cases in Sydney put a temporary halt on the trans-Tasman travel bubble. Pictured a family reunites at Wellington Airport on April 18, 2021
Planes will be permitted to touch down in New Zealand from 9:59pm (AEST) on Sunday. Pictured: A Qantas Airbus A330 aircraft takes off destined for Sydney next to an Air New Zealand plane
The travel pause announced on Thursday came as NSW was scrambling to contain a potential outbreak.
A man in his 50s from Sydney's east tested positive for Covid on Wednesday and his wife, also in her 50s, was confirmed to have the virus on Thursday.
But since then no new community transmission cases have been recorded in the state.
NZ Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins said he is now satisfied the outbreak is under control.
'There has been close liaison between the health agencies,' he said.
'The two community cases in Sydney are contained and there is no evidence of widespread undetected community transmission.'
But in order to stay on top of a potential cross-border outbreak, NZ health authorities will be screening passengers to make sure they haven't attended any of Sydney's Covid hotspots.
'Airlines and border officials will be asking people to declare whether they have been at one of the locations of interest,' a New Zealand government statement said.
'If you have, you will not be able to travel from NSW, or any border in Australia, to New Zealand.'
The travel pause announced on Thursday came as NSW was scrambling to contain a potential outbreak. Pictured a family takes photos in Sydney before heading to NZ on April 19
NZ health authorities will be screening passengers to make sure they haven't attended any of Sydney's Covid hotspot venues. Pictured: Sydney Airport
Despite the success of NSW containing the virus, contact tracers are still frantically hunting for a 'missing link' in the infection chain.
The couple's transmission was tracked - using genomic testing - to a returned traveller from the U.S. who contracted an Indian variant of the virus.
The returned traveller was taken from hotel quarantine to special health accommodation after testing positive, but it remains a mystery how he came into contact with the eastern suburbs man.
Following the two positive cases, Covid restrictions were re-introduced for three days in Greater Sydney, with the return of compulsory masks and visitors in homes limited to 20 people.
Revellers in bars must also be seated and just two visitors will be allowed for residents in aged care homes.
But Premier Gladys Berejiklian reiterated businesses should remain open over the Mother's Day weekend.
There has been close liaison between the health agencies and now NSW and NZ are satisfied the outbreak is under control. Pictured: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left) and NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (right)
'We know for sure that someone with the virus has been moving around the community and doesn't know they have it... they may have infected many other people... so what we are doing is a precautionary response,' she said on Thursday.
'Unlike other premiers, we are not shutting down the city.'
It is the second time the trans-Tasman travel bubble has been suspended between an Australian state and NZ since it came in on April 19.
Last week NZ took similar action against Western Australia after a Covid case breached the state's quarantine system.
Flights between NZ and Western Australian have now resumed with no quarantine requirements.
SYDNEY VENUES ON ALERT
Anyone who attended one of the following venues at the times specified is asked to immediately get tested and isolate until NSW Health provides further information.
Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, Sydenham Road Brookvale
SMITH MADE, 14/28 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah
District Brasserie, 2 Chifley Square in Sydney
HineSight Optometrist, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - P2/61-101 Philip Street in Sydney
Friday April 30, 12pm - 1pm
Barbetta, 2 Elizabeth Street in Paddington
Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, screening of The Courier
Friday April 30, 6pm – 8pm
Figo Restaurant, 3/56-60A Bayswater Road in Rushcutters Bay
Friday April 30, 8.45pm – 11pm
Joe's Barbeques & Heating, 142 Silverwater Road in Silverwater
Saturday May 1, 1pm –1.45pm
Tucker Barbecues, 138 Silverwater Road in Silverwater
Saturday May 1, 1pm – 1.45pm
Barbeques Galore, G1/212-220 Parramatta Road in Annandale
Saturday May 1, 2pm – 3pm
Barbeques Galore, The Crossroads, Unit 12B, Parkers Farm Place in Casula
Saturday May 1, 4pm – 5pm
BP Mascot, 1077 Botany Road in Mascot
Saturday May 1, 4.30pm – 5pm
The Meat Store, 262 Oxford Street in Bondi Junction
Sunday May 2, 3pm – 4pm
The Stadium Club, Moore Park - Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Road
Monday May 3, 11.30am - 12.30pm
Azure Cafe, Moore Park - Entertainment Quarter, Shop 5a
Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm
The Royal Sydney Golf Club, Kent Road, Rose Bay
Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm
Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, 8/52-54 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale
Monday May 3, 12.30pm - 1pm
Alfresco Emporium, 2021 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy
Tuesday May 4, 1pm - 1.30pm
Smith Made, 14/28 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah
Tuesday May 4, 2.30pm - 4pm
Chemist Warehouse, 459-463 New South Head Road, Double Bay
Tuesday May 4, 3.45pm - 4pm
Woolworths, Kiaora Lane and Kiaora Road, Double Bay
Tuesday May 4, 4.05pm - 4.15pm
Monday, May 3, 10.45am - 11am
Fratelli Fresh, Sydney
Tuesday, April 27, 1.15pm - 2.15pm
Wednesday, April 28, 1.30pm - 2.30pm