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Travel tips from the experts – part II

Off travelling soon? Then part II of these travel tips from the experts will help with the new COVID rules and quarantine free destinations.



With a long time between travels for many, we may all need a few tips and reminders from the experts. Last month we looked at what to pack, including clever ideas from the experts and our lovely Elva! This month we focus more on all the new COVID rules and quarantine free destinations, from the experts.

As the leading aircraft carrier in Australia, Qantas has a large source of information online to help travellers. Here is just some of it.



Qantas travel tips

Country updates

Make sure to check your destinations precautionary steps in relation to the COVID-19 variant of concern. See Travel Updates for more information.


Plan ahead

Before booking and travelling, make sure you check the latest Government travel requirements. These may include mandatory health declarations, vaccinations, COVID-19 tests, use of facemasks, entry permits, pre-approval and quarantine (possibly at your own expense), or you could be denied entry.

Also, check the latest airline travel requirements to ensure a seamless journey.

Have your passport ready, remember to check your passport expiry date, and ensure it meets the validity requirements for the destination you are travelling to.


International vaccination and travel requirements

Before you get to the airport, make sure you have a valid vaccination certificate for international travel.

If you need a pre-departure COVID-19 test, it is important to ensure you have the correct documentation from an approved testing facility.

For those with vaccination exemptions and medical clearance, make sure you have the required proof  if you can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, or require prior positive medical clearance for your pre-departure test.


At the airport and on board

With the impact of COVID-19, there are some changes to inflight and airport services, lounges and more. Arrive at the airport early, as airports might be busier than we are may have been used to in the past. It is recommended that you arrive 4 hours ahead of your international flight.


Bookings with other airlines, travel agents and other third parties

If your flights were booked through another airline, a travel agency or third-party website, you will need to contact them directly for assistance. If you are having difficulties contacting your agent, or your agent has ceased operating, complete this request form.



Travel destinations that are quarantine free

For the full article and information on this, please visit HERE information was accurate at the time of print; however, it may have changed since.


New Zealand

Vaccinated Australians can enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival. You must provide a negative COVID-19 pre-departure test. After you enter New Zealand you must do two rapid antigen tests (RATs) on Day 0/1 and Day 5/6 and declare your results.



Switzerland is relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. You are no longer required to present proof of recovery certificate or negative PCR test on arrival. Non-residents must still present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter.



Quarantine-free for fully vaccinated Australians. You will still need a pre-departure test within two days of departure and complete a Singapore Arrival Card. If you are not fully vaccinated you will need to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of SGD 30,000.



Quarantine-free for fully vaccinated Australians. From April 1, pre-entry COVID-19 tests are no longer required for entry if you are fully vaccinated.



Quarantine-free for fully vaccinated Australians. You will still need a pre-travel PCR test lab result with validity 48 hours from departure time at the country of origin



Quarantine free travel to fully vaccinated travellers. Proof of vaccination, a negative pre-departure COVID test (PCR-48 hrs/RAT 24 hrs before flight) as well as evidence of a pre-booked RAT following your arrival into Fiji is required, and travel insurance with international coverage for COVID-19.



If you’re aged 18 and over, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination and show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before travel.



Quarantine-free travel to Thailand for fully vaccinated travellers who apply for ‘Test and Go’ scheme. You’ll need proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test (RT-PCR) after arrival, booking for one day at approved SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel, insurance with minimum coverage of $20,000 USD.






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