How to avoid flying into Covid confusion
QANTAS’S announcement it will fly to London from Darwin has opened a whole world of opportunities for travel starved Territorians.
But a warning: Travel postCovid will have additional challenges that need to be addressed – even before the plane leaves the tarmac.
According to Qantas, checking your passport expiry date is a priority. Over one million passports have expired since borders closed – and a few more will go between now and the first flight, so beware.
All passengers, except those with a medical exemption and children under 12, must be fully vaccinated.
Most airlines recommend travel insurance – particularly relevant with some insurers offering Covid-cover.
A negative Covid PCR test is a government requirement for entry into Australia.
Tests must be taken within 72 hours of an international flight as well as during home quarantine.
A negative test is also required for the US and a test is required on day two after arriving in the UK.
International Covid vaccination certificates will be available from late October and Qantas is working to develop an international travel pass to enable customers to upload their vaccination status and Covid test results.
Masks are still mandated in Australian airports and should be worn in lounges.
On arrival into Australia the federal and NSW governments require home quarantine for seven days, although Qantas hopes this will gradually be rolled back.