Special flights from Australia to the United Kingdom
As the national carrier, we're proud to operate selected flights to bring more people home during this unprecedented time.
If you’re an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. Visit the Australian Department of Home AffairsOpens external site in a new window website for more information.
Before travel, ensure you check the latest government travel requirements, which may include mandatory health declarations, use of face masks, entry permits, pre-approval and quarantine (possibly at your own expense), or you could be denied entry.
Last updated: 22 February 2021
We’ll be operating the following flights:
- QF109, departing Darwin at 9.25pm on 4 March, arriving London Heathrow at 5.05am on 5 March 2021.
- QF109, departing Darwin at 9.25pm on 6 March, arriving London Heathrow at 5.05am on 7 March 2021.
Flights will arrive at London Heathrow Terminal 2.
These flights are being operated for repatriation purposes and services on these flights will be significantly reduced, including the following:
- limited onboard food and bottles of water. Should you wish to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks for your flight, you’re welcome to do so. Note: as galley storage space is restricted, items you bring will need to be stored in your carry-on baggage. Drinks you choose to bring will also need to comply with any powders, liquids, aerosols and gels screening requirements where applicable.
- Inflight entertainment isn't available and we recommend you bring alternative material for your entertainment.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits (Status Credits, Qantas Points and the option to upgrade with points) will not apply.
- Seat selection is unavailable.
- Seats are available until sold out.
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Government travel requirements
- Ensure you check the latest government travel restrictions and information on quarantine before booking.
- If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. Visit the Australian Department of Home AffairsOpens external site in a new window website for more information.
- Ensure you check current Australian travel alertsOpens external site in a new window for the latest information when you’re leaving Australia.
- Travel requirements to the UK, European Union and other European nations changed from 1 January 2021. To prepare for your travel to the UK, visit the official UK government siteOpens external site in a new window.
Essential information to enter the United Kingdom
Failure to comply with the followin measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Visit gov.uk/uk-border-controlOpens external site in a new window for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- All persons (including UK nationals and residents) arriving in the UK from outside the common travel area must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of departure to the UK. For further information, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing before you travel to EnglandOpens external site in a new window.
- To protect your health and others’, everyone must complete an online passenger locator formOpens external site in a new window before departure, unless you are exemptOpens external site in a new window. You’ll need to complete this form online and submit it to the United Kingdom Home Office before arriving at the airport for your flight. Then, present your travel approval at check-in, and on arrival in the United Kingdom.
- All arrivals must quarantine for 10 days unless exempt. If you have travelled through a red list countryOpens external site in the last 10 days, you must have a valid managed quarantine facilityOpens external site in a new window booked prior to departure. For information, refer to how to quarantine when you arrive in EnglandOpens external site in a new window. Check the list of exempt countriesOpens external site in a new window immediately before travel and the list of work-related exemptionsOpens external site in a new window if travelling for work.
- Everyone is required to take a coronavirus test on days 2 and 8 of their quarantine. You must have this booked prior to departure. For information, visit how to quarantine when you arrive in EnglandOpens external site in a new window.
- It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.
- If you quarantine in England, you may opt into Test to Release. For further information, visit Test to Release for international travelOpens external site in a new window.
Before you're accepted for travel to, or via the UK, you’ll be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test.
- Your COVID-19 PCR test must be completed within 72 hours of departure.
- You must have a negative result.
- You must carry a copy of your test results, either a paper copy or a digital copy (text message/email), as you may be asked to provide proof of your negative test result on departure and on arrival in the United Kingdom.
- Refer to the UK Government's Testing for People travelling to EnglandOpens external site in a new window website for detailed information on your COVID-19 PCR test requirements.
Before being accepted for travel, you’ll be required to:
- complete the pre-travel health screen form online, and
- have your temperature taken at the airport.
Information regarding the check-in process and pre-flight health screening will be provided once your booking has been made.
Pre-existing medical conditions
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you'll be required to complete a travel clearance form. Go to our Medical Clearance page to review the information, download the form for completion and return to us as soon as possible.
Wearing face masks
On boarding the aircraft, you’ll be provided with a face mask and a disposal bag for used masks. Face masks must be worn for the duration of the flight. You’ll also be required to change your mask every two hours throughout the flight, and replacement masks will be provided.
Business and Premium Economy:
- Cabin baggage must not exceed 2 pieces, weighing a maximum of 14kgs combined per passenger (one piece cannot weigh more than 10kgs).
- Checked baggage allowance is 40kgs per passenger, where the total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in). You can calculate the dimensions by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.
- Cabin baggage must not exceed 1 piece, weighing a maximum of 7kgs per passenger.
- Checked baggage allowance is 30kgs per passenger, where the total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in). You can calculate the dimensions by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.
If you need an additional checked baggage allowance, you can purchase it online before travel. Note: excess baggage can't be purchased at the airport before departure.