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The Australian Chamber of Tourism has put forward a proposal for the first flight between Canberra and Wellington on July 1.

Australians may be allowed to travel to NZ and the Pacific from July 1, and other countries deemed “safe” from September, according to a timetable produced by the Tourism Restart Taskforce.

The taskforce meets once a week to discuss and agree on a plan to reopen the tourism industry, with government representatives often in attendance.

At the last meeting on May 22, the taskforce approved a proposal of the timetable covering domestic travel and events, and international travel. Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham was in attendance and presented to the meeting.

This is a proposed plan and not accepted yet.


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The timetable has yet to be officially signed off, and if borders do proceed opening up, it needs to be with additional health and hygiene protocols in place, according to John Hart, the chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

If flights do recommence on July 1, the first to fly will be a plane of government officials, media, and business representatives, Mr Hart told 7News.

Unlike all flights previously, passengers would reportedly no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.

Mr Hart told the network new flight routes could be introduced as part of the plan, such as a direct flight from Canberra in the ACT to Wellington in New Zealand.


In September we might be able to travel to other countries deemed ‘safe’ this means that you could technically come to Australia if you are offshore or travel to the ‘safe’ countries. There might be some restrictions on this for example if you are travelling for vacations.


If everything goes according to the plan December might be the month when everything starts coming back to normal for international travelling, this means in theory, that starting December according to this plan, every country would be able to enter Australia!