Scott Morrison’s announcement on the 1st of October that Australia’s International border is set to re-open in November, has led to a flurry of excitement across the nation that travel is again on the horizon.  The fact that NSW have now announced that international travel is open for double jabbed Australian’s from November, and all Australian airports will be allowing New Zealand South Islander’s into the country, has made the prospect of getting on-board an international flight within grasp of most of us in the not too distant future.

What are some of the considerations and hurdles will we be facing for international travel plans for business, leisure and returning Australians?  Even with a ‘simplified’ system in travel channels already being provided, the rules, regulations and logistics will continue to be quick changing and often unexpected.

To look into the complex world of re-starting international travel, let us take a look at the areas we know today, to get ready for take-off.

Passports

It might sound obvious, but check your passport is still in date and has at least 6 months validity on it.  With 1.3 million Australians failing to renew their passport during the pandemic and 600,000 delaying applying for their first, it’s recommended to getting this done now whilst we are experiencing quick 2 week turnarounds. Passport wait times are likely to blow out as flight seats are being opened up for sale and airlines are preparing for a rush on bookings.

Vaccination
All travellers aged 12 and over will need to have had two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recognised Covid-19 vaccination.  These include Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).  The TGA are also considering the Chinese made Sinovac and Indian made Covishield vaccines for incoming passengers. There are exceptions to the double jab ruling, but only for limited medical reasons and like non-vaccinated passengers, authorisation is  required prior to travel.  Services Australia are providing the official information. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/topics/immunisation-medical-exemptions/40531

Proof of a PCR COVID test will also be required prior to travel.  The Federal Government announced that from today (Tuesday 19 October), updated Vaccine Certificates will be available to access, with the latest QR codes that can be scanned by foreign border officials to authenticate travellers’ vaccination statuses.  These new certificates are vital for anyone travelling overseas and can be requested and downloaded through the MyGov website and can be printed off or stored as a file on a smart device.

Where can I travel?

Just as Australia is in a fluid state of restrictions, the rest of the world is also constantly changing their rulings and requirements.  Just because an airline is again flying to a destination that does not necessarily give you right to enter or transit.  Careful consideration must also be given to transit points, as many countries do have restrictions on what constitutes a ‘transit’ and who can transit.

To get the get the most up to date information, Orbit World Travel’s “Where Can I Travel” solution found on the Enterprise Platform offers our users and future customers, the latest information globally.

Caring for travellers is the highest of priorities, an integral component of Orbit’s travel programs and duty of care for their customers.

For further information on Orbit World Travel’s management solutions, including Orbit Enterprise, please contact sales@orbitworldtravel.com.au or call 1800 067 819.