‘Really complex’: The important rules Aussies must know before heading overseas
After more than a year and half of being closed of from the rest of the world, Australians will finally be able to travel overseas again from Monday.
But international holidays will look very different from what they used to.
The ongoing complications of Covid-19 will mean travellers will need to be extremely organised and informed about the rules and requirements of their destination country before they can even set foot on the plane.
Australian Traveller founder Quentin Long warned Aussie travellers that planning their trip would be no easy task.
“It is really, really complex,” Mr Long told the Today show on Friday.
“My No. 1 piece of advice is use a travel agent because they will know all of the rules and protocols.
“They will be able to tell you, for example, does the airline require you to have a PCR test even if you don't need it to arrive in the country. Those sort of complexities are what we are facing and you will needs a much happen as possible.”
But for Aussies who are hesitant to fork out the funds on a travel agent, a self-guided trip will be difficult, but certainly not impossible.
Below are the rules and restrictions for Australia’s favourite overseas destinations from next month.
Only fully vaccinated Australians will be permitted to travel overseas without an exemption from November 1.
Travellers will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status when they check-in at the airport with an Australian-issued International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC).
Children under 12 and people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons will be treated the same as fully-vaccinated travellers.
If you are over 12 and not fully vaccinated, you will need to apply for an exemption to leave Australia.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel to the UK without having to quarantine from November 1.
The UK will only consider travellers 14 days after their second Covid-19 vaccine.
Fully-vaccinated travellers do no need to test negative for Covid-19 before boarding their plane to the UK.
Upon arrival in the UK, travellers will need to get a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 48 hours and test negative for Covid-19.
The UK will allow unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Australians to enter their borders, but travellers will be required to follow an extensive set of rules.
Before arriving in the UK, travellers will need to have a Covid-19 test with a negative result taken within 3 days before they depart Australia.
Travellers will also need to complete a passenger locator form before departing Australia, along with booking and pay for two PCR tests and 10 nights of accommodation for quarantine once they arrive in the UK.
One they arrive in the UK, unvaccinated and partially travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days and test negative for Covid-19 on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.
US and Canada
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel to the US and Canada without having to quarantine from November 8.
For travel to the US, the full vaccination requirement applies to anyone over 18. For Canada, it applies to anyone over 12.
All travellers must have had their second vaccine shot 14 days before entry.
Any Australians who have travelled to the UK, Ireland or the Schengen zone (26 European countries including Italy, Germany and Greece) within the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the US or Canada.
Before boarding their flight to the US or Canada, travellers must be able to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure.
For travellers to Canada, a ArriveCAN application, which includes your travel and contact information, quarantine plan and Covid-19 symptom self-assessments, must also be submitted before departure.
Once arriving in the US or Canada, travellers are not required to complete another Covid-19 test.
Australians cannot use land, rail and ferry crossings to travel over the US-Canada border.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Australians will not be permitted to travel to the US or Canada unless it is for an approved reason.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel to Singapore without having to quarantine from November 8.
All travellers must have had their second Covid vaccine shot 14 days before entry.
Children under 12 are exempt from Singapore’s vaccine requirement.
Before booking a trip, travellers will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to enter as a short-term visitor under Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).
Applications for VTPs open for Australians on November 1.
Before boarding their flight to Singapore, travellers must be able to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken within 48 hours before departure.
Upon arrival in Singapore, travellers are required to have another Covid-19 PCR at the airport.
After this, travellers will have to stay in a hotel approved by Singapore health authorities for one night as they wait to receive a negative test result.
As a popular layover destination, Australian travellers will need to be mindful of Singapore’s rules about other countries outside of Australia.
Layovers will not be permitted for any Australian travellers who have visited any country outside of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, US or Switzerland in the past 14 days.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel to Singapore without having to quarantine from November 1.
Thailand considers travellers fully vaccinated 14 days after completing a course of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Children under 12 are exempt from Thailand’s vaccine requirement.
Before boarding their flight to Thailand, travellers must be able to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken within 72 hours before departure.
Travellers must also provide proof of travel health insurance covering health care and treatment expenses for Covid-19 with a coverage of no less than 100,000 USD before boarding their flight.
Upon arrival in Thailand, travellers are required to have another Covid-19 PCR at the airport.
After this, travellers will have to stay in a hotel approved by Thai health authorities for one night as they wait to receive a negative test result.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Aussie travellers will also be permitted to travel to Thailand, but must complete either ten or 14 days quarantine upon arrival.
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