It's been more than one year since Australians have been able to travel overseas without having to spend weeks in hotel quarantine on arrival.
But international travel was back on the cards from Monday, thanks to a travel bubble with New Zealand.
But before you dig out your passport to head across the ditch, here's what you need to know.
Why did it take so long to get going?
With both Australia and New Zealand having contained COVID-19 relatively well, talk of resuming international travel with one of our closest neighbours had been on for some time.
Those in New Zealand had been able to travel into Australia since October 2020, but that was not reciprocated.
That was partly due to occasional, but small, COVID outbreaks across parts of Australia, such as the Northern Beaches in Sydney at Christmas.
However, with COVID cases stable in both nations, a two-way travel bubble kicked off on April 19, with the first flight leaving for New Zealand at 8am.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the travel bubble was a significant step forward.
"Today's milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe and just in time for Anzac Day," he said in a joint statement with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
"Both countries have done a remarkable job in protecting our communities from COVID and two-way flights are an important step in our road out."
How does it work?
The travel bubble means that passengers can move between the two countries without having the need to do two weeks of hotel quarantine upon arrival.
Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand are all operating flights as part of the travel bubble.
However, there are some caveats before you can hop on a plane and say kia ora.
You don't need to be a citizen or permanent resident in order to travel overseas as part of the bubble, but you would need to have stayed in Australia or New Zealand for 14 days before travelling.
Today's milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe and just in time for Anzac Day.Scott Morrison
You can't have had a positive COVID test during that two-week period, or be waiting for the results of a COVID test during those 14 days. You also cannot be experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
It may have been a year, but normal biosecurity rules are also in place for what you can and cannot take onboard with you.
If you want to fly to New Zealand, you don't need to fill out a travel exemption in order to do so, but you will need to fill in a travel declaration with information such as flight numbers, passport information and contact details.
A travel declaration will also have to be filled out upon return to Australia at least 72 hours before departing.
What if Australia or New Zealand get a new COVID case?
The start of the travel bubble means travellers are able to go into either Australia or New Zealand without the need to quarantine.
However, while it has taken months for such a travel bubble to be set up, it could be suspended at a moment's notice, should there be a new outbreak of COVID-19 in either nation.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said when announcing the travel bubble that travellers should be prepared for such an event.
"While we absolutely wish to encourage family and friends to reunite and visitors to come and enjoy the hospitality New Zealand is ready and waiting to offer, those undertaking travel on either side of the ditch will do so under the guidance of flyer beware," Ms Ardern said earlier this month.
A COVID outbreak could lead to a pause or suspension of the travel bubble in certain areas.
If there is a case of COVID with an unknown source, flights to and from an affected state may be paused for up to 72 hours.
Those returning to New Zealand from those areas may be asked to get a COVID test and self-isolate as part of the measures.
If there are multiple cases with an unknown source and areas of a state move to a long-term lockdown, the travel bubble in those areas will be suspended for an extended period of time.
Can I travel on to other countries?
While Australians can't travel to any other country overseas without an exemption due to COVID restrictions, it's a different situation across the ditch.
Kiwis aren't banned from travelling to other countries, and border officials in New Zealand have said they do not have the authority to stop Australians using New Zealand as a loophole to go elsewhere.
Travellers from Australia transiting through New Zealand to other destinations must still apply for a travel exemption.
Australian authorities have said anyone entering Australia or New Zealand from other countries must still undergo 14 days of quarantine.
Those contemplating going abroad to other countries have been warned of limited availability of flights back to Australia, as well as the high cost of return flights.
Are other travel bubbles on the cards?
Plans have been floated for potential travel bubbles with other nearby nations that have been handling COVID well.
Countries such as Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea have been listed as possible options. However, it may still be several months before any of that comes to fruition, so New Zealand might be the only overseas destination for some time yet.
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