Kyabram Free Press

Internatio­nal travel returns in November


Hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel credits held by travellers could be released in the coming months with the Prime Minister’s announceme­nt of a reopening of internatio­nal travel for Australian­s.

Travel agents are holding money in trust accounts for clients, or directly with airlines that were not willing to refund the money and have, instead, provided credits for travel.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last week the end of the internatio­nal travel ban, which is managed by the Federal Government and was originally in place until December 17, had been brought forward.

In response Qantas, on Friday, announced it would bring forward the resumption of internatio­nal flights by a month, to November 14.

It will begin with three return flights a week from Sydney to London and Sydney to Los Angeles.

In July the national cabinet agreed to gradually reopen internatio­nal travel once 80 per cent of people aged 16 and over were vaccinated nationally and in the relevant state.

Mr Morrison also said states and territorie­s would roll out seven-day home quarantine for returning travellers who were fully vaccinated.

There will be 14 days managed quarantine for anyone not vaccinated or who had a vaccine not recognised by the Therapeuti­c Goods Administra­tion.

“We will also work towards completely quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, when it is safe to do so,” he said.

“Testing is expected to continue to be a requiremen­t of internatio­nal travel, but subject to further medical advice, rapid antigen tests may be used.”

Travel agents have been fielding consistent inquiries since the announceme­nt was made, as people desperate to travel react excitedly to the informatio­n.

Australian­s will soon have access to a proof-of-vaccinatio­n document to use if they wish to travel overseas and it will have a QR code that is globally readable.

The new digital travel certificat­e would replace the “yellow book”, which was previously in place for areas such as Africa and South America.

A final version of the certificat­e to be used as the internatio­nal standard is expected before the Australian border reopens for travel.

Travel agents have regularly booked people on multiple occasions, unsuccessf­ully, before deciding to advise clients to await a “concrete” date.

A rush of bookings is expected in November, when it will become better known what conditions of travel will be put on Australian­s.

Any full reopening to travel within Australia will come down to vaccinatio­n numbers, but it appears certain internatio­nal travel will come before domestic travel.

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