Twenty-five Kiwi travellers arrive in WA without exemptions

Twenty-five people from New Zealand have arrived in Perth without exemptions under a trans-Tasman travel bubble between NSW and New Zealand.

Most of the travellers are now in mandatory hotel quarantine, while one girl has been placed in a “quarantine arrangement” with a family member.

Premier Mark McGowan said they had been detected through the G2G app and would count towards WA’s weekly international travel cap, meaning some Australians wanting to return home from overseas would miss out.

“There will be 25 people less coming from more vulnerable locations as a consequence of this,” he told reporters on Sunday.

Premier Mark McGowan says the travellers from New Zealand will count towards WA’s weekly international travel cap. Picture: Jackson Flindell/The West AustralianSource:Supplied

Mr McGowan said he did not know about the citizenship of the travellers.

“I don’t know at this point in time whether they’re New Zealand citizens, or whether they’re Australians who are living in New Zealand, or whether they’re duel citizens,” he said.

The Premier said it was “not an ideal situation” but the state government was trying to manage it.

“We would prefer better management of these arrangements, but this is something that happened that was outside of our control,” he said.

The state government had long asked airlines to provide manifests of passengers to allow for better monitoring and control of organised crime, and Mr McGowan said it would be helpful during the pandemic too.

He also said airlines should check people had permits to travel to WA before boarding.

“We’ve requested that a number of times from the airlines. They have been unwilling at this point in time to do this,” the Premier said.

“Obviously, they want as many customers as they can, so we put our own systems in place.”

New Zealand’s travel bubble with NSW and the Northern Territory began on Friday.

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