When Will The Borders Open Up?

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The Australian Government recently announced that they expect Australia’s international borders to officially open around mid 2022 (instead of a previous statement which mentioned October 2021).

Following this, according to a statement issued by Qantas, once the borders open up, they are planning on scheduling flights to countries in a similar situation to Australia, first. This means countries who have vaccinated the majority of their population against COVID-19, and who have had zero new COVID-19 cases.

However you shouldn’t expect the borders to open up as a free-for-all. Instead travel bubbles will become the future of international travel until every country has the situation under control.

Along with the Australia ↔ New Zealand travel bubble you can expect Singapore, Hong Kong and potentially the pacific islands like Fiji, Tonga and New Caledonia to open up their borders next. Although, Bali, Thailand and Vietnam are working really hard to become bubble friendly as much of their economy is derived from tourism.

For the rest of the world, already there’s several countries that US citizens can enter without quarantine including Mexico, Bahamas and Puerto Rico.

In Europe, Spain, Portugal, Greece and France borders are opening up within the next two months. However restrictions still apply to some specific nationalities and you must fill out a health declaration form and prove a negative covid test prior to departure from your home country.

In most countries, (which may continue for years to come), you’ll need to provide a negative COVID-19 test and prove you’ve been fully vaccinated. However, you should check:

There are two types of covid-19 tests (molecular and antigen test) and some airlines only accept one type, so it’s important to double check.

Recently on Reddit, a traveller mentioned they were denied boarding because the check-in staff couldn’t figure out time differences so thought the covid test was invalid. Most airlines stipulate a negative test result within 72 hours of arrival at your destination but ALWAYS check with your airline what they require.

Even when a travel bubble is in place or borders have opened, these can change at short notice if new cases arise. So, make sure your travel arrangements are flexible.

Always read the terms and conditions of EVERY travel product you purchase, keep a copy for reference and ensure bookings can be changed without fees if you need to change the date or cancel at short notice.

Until then, make the most of the half-price flights in Australia, plus flight sales in America with Spirit and Frontier regularly offering roundtrip tickets for under $40.

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