Fourteen passengers from New Zealand reportedly detained in Melbourne

TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today

In a tentative reopening to global tourism, travellers on the approved flights will not be required to quarantine in Sydney, the authorities said.

Several hundred passengers from the New Zealand city of Auckland are due to land in Sydney on Friday as part of a new trans-Tasman travel bubble amid a rapidly falling growth rate in cases at the epicentre of Australia's coronavirus outbreak.

Travellers from New Zealand are now able to visit New South Wales without having to quarantine under a new one-way trans-Tasman travel agreement.

More than a dozen travellers from New Zealand have been caught at Melbourne Airport after arriving via Sydney.

"The Victorian Government has made it clear to the Commonwealth that we expect NZ passengers who have not undertaken quarantine will not be permitted to board flights in Sydney bound for Melbourne".

The travellers were reportedly detained in Melbourne (file photo).

The nation's quarantine capacity has been expanded after the federal government and the Northern Territory reached a deal that allows a mining camp south of Darwin to be used for returned travellers.

However upon returning home, New Zealanders who have travelled to Australia will have to complete 14 days of quarantine at their own expense.

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Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran said in order for the airline to continue to carry passengers safely and identify passengers with travel not originating in New Zealand, it had introduced "quarantine" and "quarantine-free" flights.

Under current virus restrictions, Victoria is not open to worldwide travellers.

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

Since March, Australia's borders have been closed to all except Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members of citizens and residents.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that would be in addition to the 5500 or so hotel quarantine places each week.

Air New Zealand is now operating eight return flights between Auckland and Sydney per week and will look to operate two quarantine flights per week, while the remaining flights will be quarantine-free.

"I don't really understand what the issue is", he told the ABC.

Mr Andrews said yesterday that the state was "well-placed to take significant steps" to ease restrictions, but added that the next move out of lockdown would still be relatively conservative, highlighting the need to keep social distancing measures in place to avoid another outbreak.

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