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Covid 19 & travel

Update Coronavirus: 18 October, 2021

Australia will reopen its international border in November.

After a long and strict lockdown, the future is looking bright for Australians and their relatives. With the easing of border restrictions after an 18-month ban on Australians travelling abroad. The 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine will be now be replaced for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated, international arrivals entering New South Wales. Travel is not immediately open to foreigners, but there is hope as the government said they were working "towards welcoming tourists back to our shores."

Your holiday in 2022

If you would like to travel to Australia or New Zealand, we recommend taking advantage of our flexible booking options. And avoid the 'travel rush' when the borders reopen again. If you book your holiday in advance, it will ensure that you'll be staying at the most beautiful and unique places. And secure the best prices.

During the break in the travel world, we have used our time to prepare optimally for the reopening of the borders of Australia and New Zealand. With a large number of new accommodations and activities in our range, there is so much to discover in Australia and New Zealand! Would you like some inspiration for your next trip? Feel free to join one of our live and informative, online presentations.

What is the current situation in Australia and New Zealand?

In order to provide you with an up-to-date overview of the current situation in Australia and New Zealand, we constantly collect information and news from a variety of reliable sources.

Travel restrictions and entry stops

Australia

The total number of Corona infections in Australia is more than 130,000 and 1448 people have passed away, due to the virus. After a long and strict lockdown, New South Wales has reached its target of 80% fully vaccinated. This means restrictions are being eased and residents can enjoy their freedom again.

Queensland's premier has also announced the borders will reopen by Christmas. After 80% of the population is fully vaccinated, travel restrictions will be eased. This is expected by the 17th of December 2021 but if the vaccination rate is reached earlier the restrictions will be eased sooner.

South Australia plans to open its interstate border once the vaccination rate reaches 80%. This is expected to happen by Christmas. Western Australia has not yet announced when they plan to reopen borders. Premier Mark McGowan has said he wanted to reach a vaccination rate of between 80 and 90 per cent before there is a set date for reopening.

Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand’s South Island to Australia will resume next week. However, due to the current situation travel from the North Island will remain off-limits until the end of the month.

Health Minister Greg Hunt also announced Australia was in discussions with Singapore to open quarantine-free travel options in the future. Let’s hope the United Kingdom is also considered for quarantine-free travel soon.

For Australia 'code orange' applies. This means that only Australian citizens or permanent residents can travel to the country. Exceptions include close relatives of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minors, legal guardians and cohabiting partners.

Visa

Travellers who are staying in Australia on a temporary visa and need to stay in the country longer than expected, due to current circumstances, should apply for an extension before it expires. More information about this can be found on the site of the Australian Government.

Domestic travel

Currently, there are internal border closures within Australia. Detailed information on rules and restrictions per state can be found here. Availability of public transport varies per state.

Quarantine

If you're travelling to Australia, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, 72 hours or less, prior to departure. Upon arrival, you may be health screened. Afterwards, you are required to fulfil a 14 day mandatory quarantine period in a designated hotel, if you are unvaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, depending on which state you arrive in, you may be required to fufil a 7-day home quarantine or 14-day hotel quarantine. If you arrive in New South Wales, you can travel quarantine-free. More information about the regulations surrounding the COVID-19 virus in Australia can be found here.

New Zealand

The total number of Coronavirus infections in New Zealand is currently more than 5055, of which 28 people have passed away, due to the virus. The strict measures that were put in force have ensured that new outbreaks have been contained.

Currently, in New Zealand, a level 4 lockdown (the highest level of restriction) applies in Auckland and its surroundings. Despite the fact the city has reached a 70% vaccination rate, the lockdown is planned to remain for at least another two weeks. The rest of the country has been moved into a level 3, which means businesses can reopen such as takeaways. At the moment, only New Zealand citizens or permanent residents can travel to the country. More information can be found here.

The Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened between New Zealand and Australia on April 19, which means quarantine free travel between both countries. However, the bubble is currently paused for travel from the North Island due to the current outbreaks. Travel will resume this week between the South Island and Australia. More information can be found here.

Visa

Travellers who are staying in New Zealand on a temporary visa and need to stay in the country longer than expected due to current circumstances should apply for an extension before it expires. More information about this can be found on the website of the New Zealand Government.

Quarantine

Travellers arriving in New Zealand must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine at designated Auckland, Rotorua or Christchurch hotels, upon arrival. More information about the regulations surrounding the COVID-19 virus in New Zealand can be found here.

From 5 October 2020, you are required to pre-book your spot in a managed quarantined hotel. You are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming your place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight. Please see here for more details.

If you’re travelling to New Zealand from the UK, you must have a negative COVID-19 test result before the scheduled departure of your first international flight.

Where can I read more travel advice?

Health advice for travelling abroad is provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about this can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Find more detailed information about Uk advice travel to Australia here and New Zealand here.

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