European gateway Israel and Costa Rica rush to join plans for Australia-New Zealand tourism bubble

European gateway Israel and Costa Rica rush to join plans for Australia-New Zealand tourism bubble, by Clare Armstrong.

Plans have been launched for a quarantine-free gateway to Europe through Israel by December, and a long-haul flight to Costa Rica, as countries that have managed COVID-19 effectively race to join Australia and New Zealand’s tourism bubble proposal.

Israel wants to schedule a permanent flight to its economic hub of Tel Aviv from either Sydney or Melbourne to open itself up as a stepping stone to ‘safe’ European countries including Norway, Denmark, Greece and the Czech Republic.

Israel’s Ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer said the “win-win” plan would help to revive the vital tourism sector in both countries and provide airlines with a quarantine-free economically viable route. …

NZ:

Preflight health checks, strict contact tracing requirements, extra aircraft cleaning, and passenger number limits form the blueprint for reopening borders between Australia and New Zealand.

A draft proposal for a “safe travel zone” developed by a team of 40 experts making up the Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group will be handed to both governments by early June. …

There are also reports some Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, could be included in a trans-Tasman bubble.