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Oz/NZ 2021.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:54 pm
by Sbooker
Myself and my wife have not skied since this time last year when we were in Colorado.
My kids haven't been on snow since December 2019 when we visited Hokkaido.
We couldn't ski here in Oz last winter but we are booked to get four days skiing in this August! \:D/ We'll be taking the unusual step of pulling the kids out of school.
We've booked accommodation but not lift tickets yet. Really tempted to buy Mountain Collective when available in the hope of getting some 21/22 northern hemisphere skiing in. That is not certain for us Aussies yet. I'm thinking it likely that we'll be able to travel by the spring time and that would open up Panorama/Banff or Snowbird/Squaw/Mammoth or even Chamonix.
So much is up in the air.
Here's looking forward to winter.

Re: Oz/NZ 2021.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:25 am
by Tony Crocker
Still no travel allowed between Oz and NZ?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:41 pm
by Sbooker
Tony Crocker wrote:Still no travel allowed between Oz and NZ?

No.
They’re using “an abundance of caution”.
There has been no Covid in the wild in the entire country for a month.
NZ had a leak from hotel quarantine in Auckland that caused a ‘cluster’ of 11 cases about 3 weeks ago.
The vaccine rollout has been hampered by drug companies not fulfilling supply obligations. (Understandable in the circumstances). The Astra vaccine will roll off the production line at CSL’s Melbourne facility at one million doses per week starting next week. We also have supplies coming from Pfizer and Moderna apparently. The goal is to have the population vaccinated by the end of October. There is talk in high places of opening the international border in some way from November.
I think I will set my sights on a late March 22 trip to Europe, Canada or USA. If we can wedge in a short notice trip to Hokkaido prior to then we will.

Re: Oz/NZ 2021.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:53 pm
by Tony Crocker
We are doing better with vaccinations
As of March 11, 19.3% of Americans have had one shot and 10% have had two. I had my second February 16 and Liz has scheduled her second March 19.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:24 pm
by Sbooker
Tony Crocker wrote:We are doing better with vaccinations
As of March 11, 19.3% of Americans have had one shot and 10% have had two. I had my second February 16 and Liz has scheduled her second March 19.

The pace at which the rest of the developed world is being vaccinated has been noted by most Aussie punters.
The Morrison government understands they will largely be measured by the success of this vaccination programme.
They need to get moving.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:51 pm
by Tony Crocker
cnn.com, April 6, 2021 wrote:After false starts, the Australia-New Zealand bubble starts this month

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday her country would allow Australians to travel to the country quarantine-free from April 18 at 11:59 pm, in an experiment that offers a glimpse into what future foreign holidays may look like in many parts of the world.

Australia has allowed New Zealanders to enter the country without quarantine for several months, and Monday's announcement will make the arrangement a two-way corridor. Both countries have reported very few Covid-19 cases and deaths, and have tried to stamp out the virus, rather than simply controlling it.

"This is an important step forward in our Covid response and represents an arrangement I do not believe we have seen in any other part of the world. That is, safely opening up international travel to another country while continuing to pursue a strategy of elimination and a commitment to keeping the virus out," Ardern said during a news conference.