International travel to restart ahead of schedule

Latest News|Published 15 October 2021

Following the Federal Government’s announcement that Australia’s international borders will open in November, Qantas will bring forward the restart of some international flights.

From 1 November 2021, Qantas will operate:

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Sydney to Los Angeles

Up to four return flights per week between Sydney and Los Angeles

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Sydney to London (Heathrow)

Up to five return flights per week between Sydney and London (Heathrow)

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To travel on these flights, customers must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or an immediate familyOpens external site member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or hold an approved visa, plus be fully vaccinated and they may need an approved COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR pre-departure test.

All flights on both routes for the first week will be ‘Points Planes’, meaning frequent flyers can access uncapped Classic Flight Reward seats across all cabins. Seats on these flights will also be available as regular flight bookings.

Once the Federal Government announces the exact date that Australia’s international borders will reopen in November, the commencement dates for these two routes may need to be updated. Flights will be brought forward if it’s earlier than 14 November or moved to later in the month if necessary. Customers booked on these flights will have the flexibility to make fee free date changes for travel until 31 December 2022 (a fare difference may apply). If flights are cancelled by Qantas customers are eligible for a refund or Flight Credit. 

At this stage, all other international routes that are scheduled to resume from 18 December 2021 will continue as planned. If other states and territories decide to open their borders earlier and reduce quarantine requirements, Qantas may resume flights on other routes sooner, too. 

Requirements for travel

  1. All passengers on Qantas international flights (aged 12 years and older) will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine (unless they have an exemption).
  2. As part of government requirements, customers on these flights will also be required to return a negative COVID test from an approved PCR testing site 72 hours prior to departure.

The NSW Government will advise on what additional testing requirements will be required on arrival in the coming days.

For more information, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Important information

Disclaimer: *International flights remain subject to Government and Regulatory approval.