December 1, 2023

Australia’s border opening pushed forward to mid-November as Qantas reboots UK, US flights

” With first dosage vaccination rates at over 78 per cent and double dose rates across the country at 55 per cent and on track to reach 70 per cent in some jurisdictions over the next week, our government has actually been finalising plans so Australian households can be reunited, Australian employees can take a trip in and out of our country, and we can work towards welcoming tourists back to our shores,” the Prime Minister stated.

The move will see only unvaccinated travellers having to invest 14 days in handled quarantine and the move is a big boost for the nations struggling tourism market.

Australias Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has actually brought forward the lifting of constraints for outbound and inbound visitors to mid-November, with fully-vaccinated citizens able to quarantine in the house for seven days.

Sydney will be the very first city to have 7-day home quarantine

” These changes indicate there will be no travel restrictions if you are an immunized Australian entering or leaving our shores,” Morrison said.

” Within weeks, large parts of the nation will be transferring to Phase B and then to Phase C of the National Plan to safely reopen Australia and to remain securely open.

The announcement comes ahead of the revealing of quarantine-free travel lanes, with the similarity New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Fiji on the Governments pre-flagged lists.

” Under Phase C, international travel is on track to reopen securely to fully vaccinated Australian visitors. Lots of nations all over the world have actually now securely reopened to worldwide travel and it will soon be time for Australia to take the next step,” Morrison said.

Qantas is removing for the USA and the UK from November 14

New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are expected to be the first 3 states that invite back Australian visitors to quarantine in your home, while Queensland and Western Australia are expected to be the last.

Qantas was fast to hop on to the statement from Morrison, with the Flying Kangaroos Group CEO, Alan Joyce, pressing forward the re-launch of flights to Los Angeles and London from Sydney from November 14, a month ahead of the previous schedule.

Qantas flights to Los Angeles and London from Sydney will operate at first three times weekly, ahead of flights being introduced to other international locations and from other Australian cities, such as Melbourne and Brisbane.

” The early reopening of Australias worldwide borders will mean a lot to a lot of people and its made possible by the fantastic increase of the vaccine rollout,” Joyce said.

” We will likewise work towards totally quarantine-free travel for certain nations, such as New Zealand, when it is safe to do so.

Fast antigen testing might see tests done at airports or in your home prior to take a trip and will accelerate the journey, as seen in the United States and United Kingdom.

” We know Australians cant wait to travel overseas and be reunited with their liked ones, and literally thousands are waiting to come back home, so this faster restart is fantastic news. It also suggests we can get more of our people back to work, sooner.

” Testing is expected to continue to be a requirement of global travel, however based on more medical suggestions, Rapid Antigen Tests may be utilized.”

Qantas flagship A380s are expected to return in mid-2022


Joyce stated when it pertains to London, Qantas will briefly reroute its flagship Perth-London service until a minimum of April 2022 due to the most recent Western Australia border settings and presumptions.

” At this phase, WA does not plan to open to international travel up until sometime next year, so well sadly have to briefly move our Perth-London service until a minimum of April 2022,” he said.

” We welcome the Federal Governments decision and the work by the New South Wales Government to facilitate the house quarantine technique that makes this possible. We eagerly anticipate other States and Territories getting on board.”

If the Darwin strategy fails, Joyce stated Qantas will instead fly Melbourne-Singapore-London till at least April 2022.

” Instead of operating from Melbourne to Perth and then on to London as it normally does, this flight will operate from Melbourne to London through either Darwin or Singapore, depending upon discussions were having with the NT in the coming weeks.

” We look forward to operating this flight by means of Perth once again when situations allow and were in routine conversations with all the states and areas, and will continue to make changes, consisting of increasing flying as quickly as border settings allow.”