By now you may have heard the exciting news that international travel is starting up again as soon as November 2021 for some Australian states. So it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning your next trip!
The following checklist will help you make sure you’re ready to fly.
BEFORE YOU BOOK
Obtain your International COVID-19 vaccination certificate from the Australian Government, available from the end of October. The easiest way to get a certificate is by using your Medicare account through myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
Make sure your passport is valid
Don’t forget to check the validity of your passport when planning your trip and renew it if required.
Before you fly
Check state restrictions
Each Australian State has its own unique border and quarantine restrictions. Check your State’s departure and arrival restrictions well in advance, and then regularly up to your travel date.
You may be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result for international travel and some countries require further testing on arrival.
Check your international destination restrictions
Each country has its own unique border and quarantine restrictions. You may be required to submit documentation to your international destination (e.g. negative COVID test results) through various channels (websites, apps, paper documents). Be sure to review and complete these requirements well in advance of your departure date.
Be mindful of health and safety measures
It is a requirement to wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth at airports in lounges and on flights. Remember to maintain good hygiene by washing and sanitising your hands, keeping physical distance from others whenever possible and following the advice of local health authorities.
Keep in mind that things may take a bit longer than usual. Arrive early to check your baggage and allow extra time for additional checks of the required travel documentation, including your vaccination status and your negative COVID test result where required. Ensuring you have ample time between flight connections can help.