Re: International Travel Restarts (Slowly)
A slight glitch in International travel plans when newly arrived Kiwis travelled by domestic flight from Sydney to Melbourne.
Seventeen passengers from New Zealand who travelled to Sydney under the trans-Tasman bubble arrangements have been caught entering Melbourne.
The passengers flew to Sydney and got a connecting flight to Melbourne.
Melbourne is currently not accepting international travellers.
Quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia is currently limited to New South Wales and the Northern Territory
Initially it was reported that 14 passengers were detained in Melbourne.
But overnight Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) confirmed there were 17 passengers, and that the department "does not have legal authority to detain the travellers on arrival".
"Victoria has not agreed to a travel bubble arrangement with New Zealand and did not expect to receive international travellers as a result of NSW making that arrangement," DHHS said in a statement.