“Given there is a small risk of further associated cases being detected in New Zealand, with an abundance of caution, the Acting CMO has recommended pre and post-flight screening be implemented for the safe travel zone flights for the next ten days.
“The screening will check that travellers have not been identified as close contacts, or have not visited any of the contact tracing areas of interest in New Zealand, and if they have, that they have been tested and have received the negative test results required by the New Zealand authorities.”
Currently, to be eligible to fly on a safe travel zone flight, passengers must have been in New Zealand for the previous 14 days. Professor Kidd said time spent in MIQ facilities isn’t part of this 14-day requirement.
“The [Australian Health Protection Principal Committee] will continue to monitor the situation in New Zealand very closely, and will receive daily reports from the New Zealand health authorities on the results of the continuing contact tracing related to this outbreak.”