For Australia travellers who are required to have covid test before departure,
Go to https://www.sonictraveltesting.com.au/ locate a clinic in your area, book and pay in advance $145 (as of 14Dec21).
Or you can do it at Sydney airport, and receive result after approx. one hour. Cost is $175 as of late Dec 2021. The queue can be long.
International travel to and from NSW
fully vaccinated people arriving from overseas:
Self-isolate till receiving negative rapid antigent test result on day 1 and day 6
Get a COVID-19 PCR test within 3 days of arrival
Updated details >
Before arriving in Australia, you need to submit a ATD (Australia Travel Declaration), 3-7 days before travel to Australia.
You always need to do a pre-departure covid test.
Travel regulations as well as the current entry regulations to Switzerland. These are available here.
As of Monday, 20th December 2021, 2G (vaccinated/recovered) certification is mandatory in Switzerland for all indoor public access spaces, restaurants, spas, and fitness areas.
USA Including Hawaii 11Dec21
The United States recently established new entry requirements for international travel, requiring that all non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants entering the country by plane be fully vaccinated.
A summary of entry requirements is outlined below. Full details >
Requirements for all international travelers as of Dec. 6, 2021:
- Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen) taken no more than 1 day prior to the last leg of departure to the U.S. All travelers 2 years and older need to complete this step. Please note that this new 1-day requirement was previously 3 days, so plan accordingly.
- Sign a CDC attestation. Attestations need to be completed for all travelers 2 years and older prior to boarding.
- All non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. immigrants must be fully vaccinated to enter the country by plane. U.S. citizens are not required to be vaccinated, but they do need to meet the pre-travel testing requirement and sign the CDC attestation mentioned above.
- Vaccinated travelers need to show proof of full vaccination status prior to boarding. Children under the age of 18 are not required to show proof of vaccination.
the State of Hawaii removed its current entry requirements for international travel and aligned to the U.S. government’s order. If all U.S. entry requirements are met, travelers flying from another country directly into Hawaii do not have to quarantine. More details>
As per the latest Ministry of Tourism guidelines, you must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test report in English when checking in for your flight to the Maldives. The test must be conducted within 96 hours of your departure or you’ll be unable to board your flight. Quarantine isn’t necessary on arrival in the Maldives.
Entering Thailand requires 7-day hotel quarantine at a designated hotel as a tourist. The Thailand Pass website has been closed to new Test and Go sandbox applications, except for the Phuket Sandbox. You can still apply to enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine or Phuket Sandbox schemes.
Foreigners can enter Philippines, but they will need to quarantine (at their own expense) with a choice of hotels they have to pre-book. Currently, only Philippine Airlines flies to Manila a few times a week. Starting from May/June Qantas will resume almost daily flights. Both airlines offer Business Class.
Israel allows tourists from every country to enter!
Qantas plans to fly its Boeing 787 Jets to Tokyo and Johannesburg next year 02Jun20
The Boeing 787 comes with 128 fewer seats. It’s a solid win for Business travellers with a combination of the Business Suite and Boeing 787’s comfortable and jetlag- minimizing travel experience. But travellers need to be aware that the time table will no doubt be different from what was expected and travel won’t automatically snap back to its 2019 state.
Qantas has decided to cancel all international flights until late October with flights to New Zealand as the only exception. 19Jun20
Qantas will reopen a number of its domestic and regional lounges 01Jul20
Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra will open from 1 July 2020, along with regional lounges in Alice Springs, Kalgoorlie, Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Broome, Karratha and Launceston. Queensland and Victoria’s lounges are scheduled for progressive reopening from 10 July 2020 as current gathering restrictions are eased. Chairmans Lounges are scheduled to open in August 2020. All Qantas Lounges at international airports both in Australia and overseas remain closed.
Qantas will add two NSW routes between Sydney and Byron Bay (Ballina), Sydney and Orange from 20 July 2020. 02Jul20
South African Airways may fly again with 1.8 billion Government Bailout 05Jun20
The embattled national airline will need 17 billion rands to go toward creditors and 4 billion rands will go towards retrenchments and working capital. The draft plan is for discussion purposes and has until June 8 to finalise a rescue proposal. The coronavirus was the final nail in the coffin for SAA which last made a profit in 2011. Since then they have racked up $2 billion in losses. The funding agreement has yet to be finalized.
Delta Air Lines 18Jun20
Delta Air Lines confirms to restart services from Los Angeles to Sydney on 4 July, initially operating on a three-times-weekly basis.
Qatar Airways have resumed flights from Adelaide, boosting its Australian network to 23 flights a week including Sydney and Brisbane.
A380 are back into the skies to serve customers on flights to London and Paris from 15 July 2020.
Travel plans impacted by COVID-19 with Jetstar.