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Topic: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: Slats
Posted 2009-08-20 04:58:28 and read 3402 times.

http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,28318,25957470-5014090,00.html

AUSTRALIANS can expect to be in and out of New Zealand airports within eight minutes under a new trans-Tasman agreement to improve customs processing.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his New Zealand counterpart John Key agreed on Thursday to a joint plan that ultimately aims to increase airline travel between the two countries.


Sounds good to me!

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: VHSMM
Posted 2009-08-20 19:48:24 and read 3181 times.

Everything old is new again.

My first overseas trip was to New Zealand way back in January 1977 - (QF 747-238 SYD to AKL and QF 707-338 CHC to SYD)

I am 99 per cent sure that we didn't need a passport to travel trans-Tasman back then. Although I was only a very young child at the time, so my memory may be failing.

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: DJ748
Posted 2009-08-20 19:54:54 and read 3161 times.



Quoting VHSMM (Reply 1):
I am 99 per cent sure that we didn't need a passport to travel trans-Tasman back then. Although I was only a very young child at the time, so my memory may be failing.

You are correct there - I remember people telling me you at one point didn't need a passport to travel between the 2 countries. I'm not sure when you started needing a passport though. Last Sunday I booked myself a trip to New Zealand, and for my BNE-AKL flight, NZ asked for my passport details, but when booking my CHC-BNE flight on Pacific Blue, it wasn't even asked for.

Along those lines, of what Slats as raised, I've seen various other articles, and they've mentioned that at the moment the process is being streamlined, and John Key, the NZ Prime Minister is wanting to get the flights classed as domestic within 10 years.

That raises the issue of the likes of Emirates and Royal Brunei who have rights to fly across the Tasman (we all know about EK, but BI have rights for BNE-AKL-BNE). Will EK and BI still have those rights, or would they be withdrawn?

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: NZ107
Posted 2009-08-20 19:57:34 and read 3158 times.



Quoting DJ748 (Reply 2):
Last Sunday I booked myself a trip to New Zealand, and for my BNE-AKL flight, NZ asked for my passport details, but when booking my CHC-BNE flight on Pacific Blue, it wasn't even asked for.

I believe the passport number asking is just something to speed up some process, possibly the check in process so all the agent needs to do is confirm the passport number rather than type it in.

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: 767ER
Posted 2009-08-20 20:11:02 and read 3135 times.



Quoting VHSMM (Reply 1):
My first overseas trip was to New Zealand way back in January 1977 - (QF 747-238 SYD to AKL and QF 707-338 CHC to SYD)

I am 99 per cent sure that we didn't need a passport to travel trans-Tasman back then

Funny but that month was my first international ffight as well. AKL - SYD in an NZ DC10 and returning SYD - AKL on QF 747.

No, we didn't need passports back then.

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: QF744FAN
Posted 2009-08-20 20:34:00 and read 3099 times.

This has been on the cards for a while. I recall hearing/reading that Australia's quarantine laws are stricter than NZ's (nothing against New Zealand here, just that our border people are noticeably militant as far as pests etc go), so agreements had to be reached there.

It's got to be a good thing really. Cultures are similar, and there's Kiwis everywhere in Oz, and vice versa. The reduced taxes etc can only add more passengers to an already high demand market. Good for the economies of both countries.

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: Gemuser
Posted 2009-08-20 20:45:46 and read 3086 times.



Quoting QF744FAN (Reply 5):
I recall hearing/reading that Australia's quarantine laws are stricter than NZ's (nothing against New Zealand here, just that our border people are noticeably militant as far as pests etc go

I don't know about that! MAF & DOC in NZ are pretty fearsome, at least as bad as AQIS!

Gemuser

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: QF744FAN
Posted 2009-08-20 20:51:50 and read 3067 times.

Again, didn't mean anything by it, every time I go to NZ I get searched lol. Perhaps it's in regards to simple things such as groceries which you can often take domestically in Aus???

Not claiming to be an expert, just what I heard. Would love more details

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: USAirALB
Posted 2009-08-20 20:52:17 and read 3065 times.

So..let me get this straight, this act will make it like the US and CA before the stupid "Lets Get You Home" Act and the Western. Hemisphere. Travel. Initiative. (W.H.I.T.)

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: QF744FAN
Posted 2009-08-20 21:05:51 and read 3045 times.

Pretty much. NZ was already effectively the 7th state of Australia (they call us the West Island). Nationals of both countries can work without visas in the other, and lots of east coast companies have offices in both countries. So again, great that the red tape is being removed

Topic: RE: Trans-Tasman Routes To Become "domestic"
Username: Gemuser
Posted 2009-08-20 23:38:58 and read 2943 times.



Quoting USAirALB (Reply 8):
So..let me get this straight, this act will make it like the US and CA before the stupid "Lets Get You Home" Act and the Western. Hemisphere. Travel. Initiative. (W.H.I.T.)

We don't know thew details yet, so who knows? There are many questions and details still to be answered, at least publicly. Hope it's as easy as Schengen!

Gemuser


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