Fourteen passengers from New Zealand reportedly detained in Melbourne

New Zealanders came to Melbourne on the first day of the

New Zealanders came to Melbourne on the first day of the

The first quarantine-free flights to Australia from New Zealand touch down Friday, a one-way corridor that underlines the difficulty of restarting broad global travel.

"We now have some Australians in New Zealand for the Bledisloe (Cup) on the weekend".

In a statement released late on Friday night, Victoria's Department of Health and Human Services said its authorised officers do not have legal authority to detain the travellers.

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

The ABC understands the passengers flew to Sydney and got a connecting to flight to Melbourne.

The Kiwis then boarded a flight to Melbourne, Victoria, after which they were intercepted and detained, according to the Herald Sun. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it had not yet been approached "for consular assistance".

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

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.

Visitors from New Zealand are only allowed to visit if they haven't been to a designated hotspot in the last 14 days.

It is unclear where the travellers are now.

Border Force refused to comment on the matter Age to state authorities.

"Why anyone would come to melb at this time I don't know", wrote another, in reference to the months-long Covid-19 restrictions in the city, after it was affected by a severe second wave of the virus.

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However they will have to pay for their own quarantine in a hotel when they return to New Zealand.

Airport staff greeted travelers from New Zealand with Tim Tam biscuits, ice cream and sunscreen on Friday.

"We have already welcomed our first Kiwis back to Australia for a holiday".

The Prime Minister said the arrival of our first global tourists in six months was a "real turning point".

Announcing the travel bubble arrangements earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said to start with, visitors to Australia could only go to New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

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