Today brought some great news for everyone wanting to visit Australia. The country announced that it will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers after two years of closure which stranded many Australian’s abroad and kept families apart.
The country will reopen for vaccinated international travellers on 21 February 2022, sooner than the Easter date expected.
“If you’re double-vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that they were now reviewing flight schedules in light of the announcement with a view to resuming more international services.
Other than being vaccinated, the full entry requirements have not been confirmed but I would expect them to be the same as currently. The current rules are ” A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required for travelling to, or transiting through, Australia. Unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled departure must be provided to your airline on check in.”
What are the best air fares?
Until airlines start to add more flights to the schedule and things settle down, I’d expect air fares to rise. So if you see a good deal, jump on it!
Here are some of the current deals:
- London to Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane from £2905 with Star Alliance through Lufthansa. Available March onwards. If you can’t get the dates through Lufthansa it may be worth trying Skyscanner to find an online agent although this can cause complications should things change or get cancelled.
- London to Perth from £3105 with Qatar Airways on very limited dates from June. Also similar oneworld deals with Finnair and Qantas on other dates but still limited.
- Stockholm/Oslo to Perth £ 2108-2383 with Qatar Airways from May
- Sydney £2436 (£2333 Oslo)
- Melbourne £2233 (£2142 Oslo)
- Brisbane £2313
- Amsterdam to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth from £2500 with KLM and various partners. Book through KLM.
- Paris to Perth £2253 with Oman Air and Malaysian via Expedia
- Paris to Sydney and Melbourne from £1905 with Star Alliance through Lufthansa. Available April onwards, Tues to Thurs on limited dates. If you can’t get the dates through Lufthansa it may be worth trying Skyscanner to find an online agent although this can cause complications should things change or get cancelled.
- Dublin to £2450 with Etihad. Available on 9 day trips departing Sundays from April.
It’s great news but once again the UK Covid passports may cause a problem. Seems that Australia needs the Covid Passport to match the full name in the passport but UK versions do not have middle names displayed! Arggh!
Hopefully they will solve this quickly!
We London to Sydney in December with NHS travel covid vac certs. No middle nsmes, no problems.
I’m in Australia now. No problems at all with NHS COVID pass despite it not being in my full ‘passport’ name.
Thanks Paul for update, great to know! Now to find a ‘reasonable’ fare….
Not sure the Perth fares will be much good in the short term whilst WA remains closed. Hopefully later in the year.
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