Vaccinated NSW residents are just weeks away from flying abroad without having to quarantine upon their return home under exciting new international travel arrangements.
As per 7News, the state government announced it was removing hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated citizens and residents from November 1st in a press conference today, October 15th.
Travellers will, of course, have to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding their return flight home and again upon landing.
As a result of the travel changes, Qantas has now brought forward their eagerly-awaited international flight schedule to November 1st, just three weeks from now.
The airline’s CEO Alan Joyce shared his happiness at the new arrangements. “Bringing forward the reopening of Australia to the world and removing quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering New South Wales is a massive step towards life as we knew it,” he said.
“In just a little over two weeks, Australians around the world can fly into Sydney and people from around Australia can leave on trips they’ve been waiting almost two years to take. We hope other states will do the same once they reach the 80 per cent target.”
Joyce continued: “We have thousands of our pilots and cabin crew wanting to get back to work and they will be thrilled at today’s announcement. It will still be a long time before international travel returns to normal but this is a fantastic start.”
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Qantas will now be flying between Sydney and Los Angeles and Sydney and London from November 1st. If you want to go to other overseas destinations, though, you’ll still have to wait until December.
The Victorian government and other states have yet to update their official guidelines after today’s announcement, although it would be expected that they’ll continue with hotel quarantine for now.
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