International travel is back on the cards and it’s surprisingly cheap. Airline Jetstar has just launched a five-day 2022 International Sale that sees cheap flights on offer to Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and New Zealand. With restrictions slowly lifting, the prospect of a summer getaway is well and truly within reach for the first time in 18 months. How does a $99 flight to Bali sound?
The new Jetstar international flights will see residents in Western Australia offered the best deal, with routes from Perth to Denpasar from as little as $99. On the east coast, you can fly out of Melbourne or Sydney for $159, provided you choose a date within the selected timeframe, ranging from mid-January until late March, April to late June and finally mid-July to mid-September. Better still, Aussies on the Gold Coast can also score flights to Tokyo for just $264 one way or Queenstown for $180. But it all hinges on the evolving rules.
The federal government recently removed some of the barriers preventing international travel, but much remains up in the air. Previously, if you were to venture outside of Australia, you would be required to obtain an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs. Notoriously challenging to secure, the exemptions were generally reserved for those performing essential work, however, that has all changed.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed that Australians looking to travel overseas no longer require an exemption to leave the country. In an interview with Sunrise, the prime minister confirmed that would-be travellers now have the freedom to explore their options, provided they are fully vaccinated.
“I can announce today that last night the Health Minister signed off on the fact that from the 1st of November, Australians who are double vaccinated will be able to travel overseas,” Prime Minister Morrison said. “Over half a million Australians have already been able to download the international vaccination certificate. We are getting very close now to a reciprocal arrangement with Singapore.”
Eased restrictions aside, it’s important to remember that each country has its own quarantine requirements, which come with their own risks and costs. It’s always a good idea to check the travel alerts and advice before booking anything. Domestically, quarantine free travel is set to start from next Monday with jurisdictions including NSW, Victoria and the ACT lifting their border bans. With change in the air, 2022 could shape up to be a year of firsts. Pack your bags, Australia.
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