Loosen your seatbelts and don’t prepare for take-off anytime soon – Australians want their borders to remain closed.

Although we’re rejoicing as our trans-Tasman neighbours are finally welcomed back after almost 400 days of closing our borders due to COVID-19; Australians are adamant that apart from our pavlova-stealing friends, our borders should remain closed to the rest of the world.

If you miss the jet lag, the poorly made in-flight meals and the sound of hysterical children (and adults) scream whenever the plane starts to shake, you could be missing out on all of those things for a little while longer as Aussies stay adamant that the borders shouldn’t be opened to the rest of the world.

The trans-Tasman travel bubble came into effect on Sunday 18 April. But Hunter and Bligh members – especially pre-boomers – say they want other international travel partnerships delayed.

Over 90 per cent of Australians agree that Australia’s borders should remain closed to the rest of the world.

An exemption for New Zealanders, just eight per cent of Australian Travel Bubble survey respondents, less than one-in-10 being Gen Y, disagree that the borders to Australia shouldn’t remain closed in hopes of traveling once more and, for some of us, connecting with international friends and family again.

From this, members were asked which destination they’d like to see join Australia’s travel bubble. One-third of respondents said that they would not use any international travel bubbles, whereas one-in-10 nominated Japan as their next country of choice for wider travel.

And although we thought that members would be yearning to revisit and connect with family and friends overseas, 70 per cent of Australians would use the travel bubble to head off on a holiday – to New Zealand or internationally.

Less than a third of Australians (25 per cent) would use a travel bubble to visit family and friends.

All-in-all with an exemption to Kiwi’s, Aussie’s are wanting to keep up our Simpsons-like dome between us and the outside world. Seventy per cent of us are feeling extremely positive connecting with our trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand for some quarantine-free travel.

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Do you have plans to visit New Zealand under Australia’s travel bubble? Then be sure to add these top 10 must-visit destinations in New Zealand to your 2021 travel list. Otherwise, for a taste of the Tasman without leaving home, you can now unite with our Kiwi friends thanks to this free downloadable Australian- and New Zealand-inspired culinary cookbook.

Data received by Hunter and Bligh and conducted by CoreData Research, a global specialist financial services research and strategy consultancy. The survey was conducted in April 2021 and received results from 1101 Australians.
Feature image: Photographed by Dmitry Osipenko. Image via Unsplash.