Vanuatu and New Caledonia launch protected journey Tamtam Bubble

Vanuatu’s prime minister has introduced the creation of a protected journey bubble between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Air Vanuatu will probably recommence flights between Port Vila and Noumea
Picture: Airbus

From April, the so-called ‘Tamtam Bubble’ will enable simpler journey between the covid-free Melanesian neighbours.

Journey will likely be restricted to Vanuatu’s major island of Efate.

Launching the bubble on Friday, Bob Loughman mentioned it could enable a resumption of enterprise actions within the capital Port Vila and for Vanuatu college students to renew research in New Caledonia whereas others will have the ability to return residence.

New Caledonia and Vanuatu’s borders stay closed to travellers from different international locations.

The ‘Tamtam Bubble’ was first mooted publicly throughout Vanuatu’s fortieth anniversary celebrations in July final yr.

The Vanuatu Tamtam Journey Bubble Taskforce has been taking a look at choices for journey to New Zealand and different covid-free international locations to assist reignite the nation’s lifeless tourism business.

The plan was to open hyperlinks with international locations which had been covid-free for 30 days or extra.

With continued neighborhood outbreaks in New Zealand and varied Australian states, there may be probably no change in these international locations’ journey standing with Vanuatu within the close to future.

Loughman has praised the federal government of New Caledonia for controlling the unfold of Covid-19 within the French territory.

Vanuatu PM Bob Loughman speaks during independence celebrations

Vanuatu PM Bob Loughman speaks throughout independence celebrations
Picture: RNZ Pacific / Hilaire Bule

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