With international travel back on the cards, Australians are wasting no time in jet setting out of here.
But you only need to hear about the major passport delays to know that travelling right now isn’t how it used to be (sorry to sound like a broken record).
Sure, restrictions have been rolled back with many nations no longer requiring quarantine, but we are not “back to normal” yet.
So what should you expect from your upcoming trip? And how can you be best prepared?
We asked 5 travellers who have recently visited Australia’s top trending destinations, London, Bali, Singapore, Bangkok and Auckland, for their advice.
1. Sort your entry documents ahead of time
On top of renewing your passport at least 8 weeks before your trip, make sure you’re across any new visas or entry passes required for your destination.
James Edwards who flew to Thailand in early June says he was definitely stressed in the lead-up to his trip. But thankfully the process for travelling was extremely smooth.
“Just make sure you sort your Thai Pass out ahead of time. And if you want to stay more than one month, organise the 2-month tourist visa ahead of time. Otherwise Aussies can just arrive at the airport and get a visa waiver for 30 days,” said James.
The same applies if you’re headed to Singapore, says Scoot country manager Kirsty Lucas who flew to the island nation in April.
The UK, New Zealand and Bali don’t require any visas or passes if you’re travelling as a tourist. The Thai Pass will no longer be required from 1 July.
2. Check if there are any COVID-testing requirements
COVID tests both before and after your flight might still be required to travel.
Checking Smartraveller or the official government websites in…