People in Canterbury have been told to be patient as their vaccination is delayed by weeks, but regional disparities in the vaccine rollout are unacceptable as we face new COVID-19 variants.
The amount of risk from overseas arrivals depends not just on Australia’s vaccination rates, but also on the particular circumstances of the country from which people are travelling.
We thought things would be so much better for international air travel by now, though things could be worse for the airlines themselves.
If a trans-Tasman travel bubble were to be established, passengers would likely need to use ‘vaccine passports’ to prove their vaccination status. But any tech-based system comes with security risks.
New Zealanders will have be prepared to change holiday plans if there is an new community outbreak.
There are two interesting points about Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand. It only includes NSW and the NT. And for now, it’s only one way.
The tourist traps of Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland have the most to lose. Regional towns and coastal resorts have the most to gain.
Will the joy and exhilaration of travel return after the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes, but with a new value proposition built around safe and secure travel.