Australia and New Zealand’s travel bubble is finally operational. If things go well, we may see you sooner than you think.
Just a couple of days ago, the trans-Tasman travel bubble has opened, allowing New Zealanders to travel to NSW, ACT, and the Northern Territory.
The main rule was that travellers from NZ, couldn’t have stayed in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days.
New Zealand, however, won’t allow quarantine-free travel across the Tasman just yet. Recent commentary by New Zealand PM Jacinta Ardern gave some confidence Aussies may be able to travel to New Zealand very soon.
With domestic and NZ borders finally starting to open, can we expect the Pacific Bubble to finally materialise soon?
What about the rest of the world?
Our friends in Singapore and Hong Kong have also taken steps to resume travel by arranging their own ‘Air Travel Bubble’ .
The ‘Air Travel Bubble’ announced last week will allow quarantine-free travel between the two cities for any reason, business or pleasure.
The only requirement is that travellers provide a negative COVID19 test result.
A limited number of dedicated flights will start soon to test the waters, which has been agreed upon due to the low case numbers in both countries.
Meanwhile, Japan has lifted its travel bans on 12 countries earlier this month! The list includes China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia.
The USA, although experiencing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, now have multiple international fishing travel destinations accepting anglers.
Quarantine-free travel to the Bahamas, Belize, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Guatemala is allowed as long as you can provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
Pretty much the standard procedure worldwide.
Our friends in Dubai have been open to tourists since September, spearheading the travel health and safety standards that are now being put in place in airports all over.
Once Dubai was opened, EU and UK based anglers had fishing travel opportunities to Seychelles, South Africa, and Oman available. We were so jealous!
With tourism as the main driving force to opening up borders, it is great to see more and more nations working hard and fast to be recognized as COVID-19-SAFE destinations.
We’re ready right now! Bring on the Pacific Bubble!
Australia and New Zealand will likely open smaller island bubbles here in the Pacific very soon as we have been virtually virus-free.
With the majority of the GDP in the Pacific Island nations depending on tourism, we need these borders open to get back to work!
There’s no COVID-19 in Samoa, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Vanuatu, Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands.
We’ve been COVID-19 free since we promptly closed our borders early this year.
With Australia and New Zealand controlling the spread of the virus very well, it just makes sense to start welcoming back our Aussie and Kiwi friends.
Vanuatu and the rest of the Pacific Islands are ready and eager to welcome our friends back to paradise.
Ocean Blue Fishing and Trees and Fishes Angler’s Lodge
While waiting for borders to open, we’ve been working non-stop to improve your Ocean Blue experience.
We’ve made renovations to the Trees and Fishes lodge, to make it even more comfortable for all of our guests.
Your beloved Trees and Fishes staff and Ocean Blue crew are now experts with new post-COVID19 measures and will keep everyone safe and comfortable.
We are also excited to kick start our live on-board adventures with our new Riviera Sport Fisher! Experience some of the best extreme fishing or cruise the pristine tropical islands in Riviera style.
And last, but not least, for our guests who love their privacy, the new private ”Residence” will provide you with your very own private estate.
We’ve had plenty of time to prepare and get ourselves ready for the ‘new normal’ .
With expanded accommodation services, well-rested fishing spots, and the eagerness to get our friends back on the water to fish, we hope you’re ready.
History has taught us that pandemics come and go, but humanity finds ways to thrive and survive, stronger than ever before.
So let’s just continue to keep strong and positive. We will go fishing again.
Are you ready to rediscover Vanuatu?