Travel updates

Check this page for issues which may affect your flight or booking with us, including information on Government requirements for travel.

We'll do all we can to keep you informed of developments and the choices available. See real-time flight status or the media roomOpens external site for the latest information.

Before booking, ensure you check the latest Government travel requirements outlined below, 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

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Coronavirus information

We're continuing to monitor the situation closely and review our flights based on the advice of the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease Control and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer. 

If there are any changes to your flight, we'll be in contact. We're also offering flexible options to customers affected by travel restrictions. Find out more information on options for changing your flights.

For the latest information, visit Coronavirus travel updates.

Travel between New Zealand and Australia

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.

Travel from New Zealand to selected states in Australia

The Australian government has announced a Safe Travel ZoneOpens external site in a new window with New Zealand.

All travellers into Australia are required to present at check-in: 

  • a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of departure, and
  • an Australian Travel DeclarationOpens external site confirming that you've been in New Zealand 14 days before your date of departure and haven't been in an area designated as a COVID-19 hotspot. The Australian Government is defining a hotspot using a three-day rolling average of three locally acquired cases per day.

Before booking, ensure you check the latest New ZealandOpens external site in a new window and AustralianOpens external site in a new window government travel requirements.

Find out more about travel between New Zealand and Australia.

Travel from Australia to New Zealand

If you're travelling from Australia to New Zealand restrictions remain in place.

Ensure you meet the Australian GovernmentOpens external site in a new window requirements to depart Australia and the New Zealand GovernmentOpens external site in a new window requirements to enter New Zealand.

If you're eligible for travel, the following requirements apply:

  • Before booking your flight, visit the Manage Isolation Quarantine GovernmentOpens external site in a new window website to register for a Managed Isolation Allocation System Voucher, which will be required at check-in. You'll have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand.
  • Note: there's a hotel quarantine cap in New Zealand and if you're unable to secure a hotel voucher, you'll need to defer your travel plans.
  • You are not transiting from an international flight.

Find out more about travel between Australia and New Zealand.

Note: Qantas International Lounges are currently closed in Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch.

Travelling within Australia

Some Australian states and territories have introduced new measures, including additional health and safety protocols, in response to Coronavirus that may impact interstate travel.

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.

Travelling to Australia from overseas - excluding from New Zealand

The Australian GovernmentOpens external site in a new window has implemented immigration measures which allow only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members to travel to Australia. The government has also advised that all new arrivals are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Before travelling to Australia,

If you're travelling to Australia, check the latest Australian Government travel requirementsOpens external site in a new window, which include the mandatory use of face masks on all flights. You should also check your own government's travel advice for the latest information on all of your planned destinations and transit ports, as they are constantly being reviewed.

Travelling from Australia

Ensure you check current Australian travel alertsOpens external site in a new window for the latest information when you're leaving Australia.

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.

Travel to the UK

Failure to comply with these measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Visit gov.uk/uk-border-controlOpens external site for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the United Kingdom.

Essential information to enter the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is taking steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. All arrivals must quarantine for 10 days unless exempt. If you have travelled through a red list countryOpens external site in a new window 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering on public transport in the UK.
  6. 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.

COVID-19 test

Before you're accepted for travel to, or via the UK, you’ll be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test. 

  1. Your COVID-19 PCR test must be completed within three days of departure.
  2. You must have a negative result.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Brexit transition

Travel requirements to the European Union and other European nations will change from 1 January 2021. To prepare for your travel to Europe, visit the official UK government site Brexit TransitionOpens external site in a new window.  

Travel to Germany

Visit the Germany Federal Foreign OfficeOpens external site in a new window and Ministry of HealthOpens external site in a new window websites for information on travel requirements, including digital registrationOpens external site in a new window, quarantine and entry restrictions.

Travel to Canada

Visit the Canadian Government's websiteOpens external site in a new window for information on travel requirements, including pre-departure COVID-19 testing, quarantine and entry restrictions.

Travel to Taiwan

All international arrival and transit passengers, regardless of nationality or visa status, will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR-test result issued within three business days before boarding their flight to Taiwan. 

From more information check the latest travel alerts when travelling from Australia.Opens external site in a new window

COVID vaccination for international travel

When international flights resume, governments and airlines may introduce requirements for passengers to have proof of a COVID vaccination. For more information, read the press releaseOpens external site in a new window.

Solomon Islands measles vaccination travel advisory

Following outbreaks of measles in the region, the Solomon Islands Government has issued a Travel Advisory, requiring visitors from countries including Australia, and Solomon Islands residents travelling to Australia and other destinations, to show proof of vaccination.

To enter the Solomon Islands, you'll need to show proof you have been vaccinated against measles at least 15 days before your arrival. Bring your official vaccination record with you in your carry-on bag. Travellers without evidence of vaccination may need to undergo a medical examination.

Read more on the Australian Government's SmartravellerOpens external site website.

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