Category Archives: Family

New Zealand removes all COVID-19 entry requirements

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The New Zealand Government has announced that, as of yesterday, Wednesday, 19 October, New Zealand’s COVID-19 entry requirements have been removed. Anyone travelling to New Zealand is no longer required to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD). Please note that the New Zealand Government will temporarily remove the NZTD as the declaration will evolve and

Australia to scrap Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)

Digital Passenger Declaration

Travellers arriving in Australia will no longer need to complete a digital passenger declaration under changes to come into effect this week. Border restrictions enforced in response to the pandemic will be dropped this coming week, with arriving passengers no longer required to declare their vaccination status or obtain a travel exemption. The much-maligned Digital Passenger

Air New Zealand reveals bunk beds in the sky

Air Nz Bunk Beds

After five years in development, Air New Zealand has unveiled its game-changing new cabins with the goal of providing “the best sleep in the sky” for every passenger. Air New Zealand has eight new Dreamliners due to arrive in 2024 and a plan for more ultra-long-haul routes beginning with direct Auckland to New York flights

NZ ditches pre-departure testing requirements

Treble Cone Have You Ever Miles Holden (7)

In a massive boost for trans-Tasman tourism, the New Zealand government has announced it will be ditching testing requirements for travellers to produce a negative COVID-19 result before arriving in the country. Effective Tuesday, June 21, unvaccinated travellers will also be able to enter New Zealand without quarantining for the first time during the pandemic.

Fiji removes arrival testing from 1 May

Mana Island Fiji (large)

The Fijian Government has announced that from May 1, fully vaccinated visitors to Fiji will no longer be required to produce a pre-arrival negative test, in a move that reduces costs for travellers and makes it even easier to travel to paradise. However, there are still some travel requirements: You’ll need to show proof of vaccination for

MTA Advisor thrilled to make Hobart – Auckland history

Gina With Air Nz Cabin Crew

An exuberant MTA-Mobile Travel Agent – Gina Edwards was thrilled to be offered one of only 70 spots on the inaugural Air New Zealand flight NZ198 from Hobart to Auckland, last Thursday. “The Air New Zealand cabin crew were delighted to be flying from Australia again,” said Tasmanian based Edwards, “I was honoured to be

Trans-Tasman travel bubble opens 19 April

Dream. Explore. Discover New Zealand

It’s the announcement we’ve been waiting for – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a two-way, quarantine-free trans-Tasman travel bubble will start from 11.59pm on Sunday, April 18. The decision comes after coming close several times only to have the announcement delayed after minor outbreaks on both sides of the Tasman. “While we absolutely wish

Busier than ever…Kim Newton talks to Travel Weekly

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IT IS WITHOUT QUESTION THAT THE WORLD IS A DIFFERENT PLACE TO WHAT IT WAS PRE-PANDEMIC. Our lifestyles have changed dramatically, and many businesses have been left economically devastated. There is also no doubt that the travel industry has borne the brunt of this devastation. One thing that can be taken away from this disastrous

MTA Debbie Andrews chats with Travel Weekly

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THIS WEEK, TRAVEL WEEKLY GOT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH MTA SENIOR TRAVEL SPECIALIST, DEBBIE ANDREWS. WELL, AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO SOMEONE DURING A PANDEMIC. SO, REALLY, IT WAS 1.5 METRES AWAY AND SEMI-PERSONAL. What are you reading? A variety of suspense thrillers. Nothing too gory and nothing too sad, as emotions

Travel Weekly quizzed our own Tracey Flower…

Tracey Flower

TRAVEL WEEKLY QUIZZED TRACEY FLOWER – MTA TRAVEL ADVISOR ON HOW SHE’S BEEN COPING WITH THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC. SHE GOT MOST OF THE ANSWERS RIGHT … WE THINK. What are you reading? The Art of Travel (again) by Alain De Botton. What are you watching? Ozark on Netflix. A thrilling series based in the Ozark Mountains of