Sunday Territorian

How to avoid flying into Covid confusion

- CAMDEN SMITH

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.

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