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There is an ongoing discussion between New Zealand and Australian officials concerning whether there should be open travel borders and no passport requirements between the two countries. This could change the way nationals and vacationers from both locales take their trips, as those without passports could take adventure travel excursions and avoid some of the hassles of airport security.
In honour of Anzac Day, which takes place every April 25 to soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) proposed the idea that would shift travel from the two nations to mimic domestic trips, reports The Daily Telegraph Australia.
The plan has been on the table since 2009, put into action by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Judd and Prime Minister John, but no moves to initiative the program have yet taken place.
"The benefits of streamlining border arrangements and freeing up travel between Australia and New Zealand are manifold and extremely valuable to both countries," John Lee, head of the TTF, said in a letter to Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as quoted by the news source.
Unfortunately, New Zealand government officials say that the idea of a common border is not important as it was in the past, reports the NZ Herald. However, supporters still hope that the bill could be passed in the future if foreign tourism does not progress.
Perks of a common border for Kiwis and Aussies
There are several reasons why many support the idea of creating a common border. Some are concerned about the state of the Australian dollar and hope that simplifying travel could boost the economy. Business and leisure travellers may take advantage of the easy access to the countries, especially with budget carriers, if this plan went into effect. If administration is not needed to check passports and monitor long security lines, the new proposal may also save revenue for airport officials or even the airlines themselves.
In the future, Aussie travellers may be able to enjoy the sights and attractions in New Zealand without a passport. But for now, those planning to arrange Auckland holiday packages or vacations anywhere else in the country will have to go through normal security procedures with proper identification.
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