Seventeen New Zealanders caught entering Melbourne on day one of travel bubble

New Zealanders came to Melbourne on the first day of the

Meanwhile, 17 travellers of the hundreds who flew from New Zealand to Sydney as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble, travelled later to Melbourne, which is not part of the bubble, and were being sought by health authorities, officials in Victoria said.

Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services has hit out the Morrison government after 17 travellers from New Zealand entered NSW and transferred to Melbourne.

Passengers were able to depart NZ for NSW on Air NZ and Jetstar flights from Auckland International Airport for the first time in months, as the travel bubble was expanded across the Tasman.

But the Australian Department of Home Affairs says on its website that "quarantine-free travel from New Zealand will initially be to New South Wales and the Northern Territory only".

The state of Victoria is not part of that arrangement and interstate travel still requires a mandatory 14-day quarantine at the point of arrival in the country, the website states.

"The quarantine-free flights will be for travellers originating from New Zealand who are flying from Auckland to Sydney and are not required to quarantine on arrival in Australia".

"They are making up a bigger proportion of our daily total, in part because they are the hardest ones to find", he said.

"We have not welcomed global travellers to Sydney in months that have not had to come through customs and go straight on to buses to a hotel to quarantine", he added.

"Today, we have already welcomed our first Kiwis back to Australia for a holiday". "I have written to the prime minister this morning and we're disappointed this has happened".

"It is exactly the opposite of what we signed up for".

There were emotional scenes at Sydney airport on Friday when the first flight touched down in Australia from New Zealand.

Australia's prime minister described the arrival of the country's first worldwide tourists in six months as a turning point.

"We do not suggest or infer that they did anything wrong", he said.

Airport staff greeted travellers from New Zealand with Tim Tam biscuits, gelato and sunscreen on Friday.

In a statement released overnight, the agency said "Seventeen passengers arrived at Melbourne Airport tonight from New Zealand via Sydney".

"Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews said the mystery cases "remain a challenge" for Victoria".

Malaysia will restrict movements in its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, neighboring Selangor state and the administrative capital of Putrajaya from Wednesday in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.



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