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Is it safe to fly now that COVID-19 is here?

As the world starts moving again and travel is becoming possible, you may be wondering what type of experience flying will be since COVID-19 has become a part of our lives. It may have been a long time ago since you last boarded a plane or even went to the airport. Therefore, you may be imagining a scene similar to Dances with Wolves, when Kevin Costner enters a world of the unknown. At first, it may be scary but in the end, it becomes an adventure.

Many airlines have introduced extra safety requirements for your protection.

To help ease your concerns, we have provided some information about flying and COVID-19. As rules and regulations change quickly, we suggest that you use this as a guideline only.

You will be required to answer health screening questions upon check-in at worldwide airports

To protect yourself and your fellow passengers, a face covering is required:

Fly safely and in a clean environment

Prior to departure, the cabins are cleaned thoroughly. Using the highest quality sanitiser, all surfaces are cleaned between every flight. Including the in-flight screens to air-conditioning controls to ensure you are protected during your flight. The cabin crew will also be wearing masks, gloves, and goggles to protect the well-being of everyone on board.

On your journey, you will fly in aircraft equipped with HEPA - high-efficiency particle - filters. HEPA filters are similar to the standard used in hospitals and are able to catch most airborne particles. The risk of catching something on a plane with HEPA filters is actually lower than in many other confined spaces. In fact, the air is cleaner and less contaminated than most office buildings. You’ll arrive at your destination happy and healthy.

To minimise contact during check-in and boarding, you can make use of online check-in and the self-service facilities that are provided. While you are waiting to board your flight, there is an increased frequency of cleaning and santisation. With an application of antimicrobial coating across all public areas.

You can view an example of Cathay Pacific COVID-19 safety measurements, prior to your flight here. For additional information regarding flying and safety, you can view it here.

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AUSTRALIA

What is required prior to departure?

Australia has announced changes to the pre-departure rules for fully vaccinated international arrivals, effective from January 25th, 2022. The rule whereby international arrivals had to return a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding a flight has been scrapped. Overseas travellers will instead be able to show a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result within 24 hours of their flight departure time.

From 12.01 am 6 July 2022 people will be able to travel to and from Australia without being required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status.

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Physical distancing measures are implemented throughout the airport

NEW ZEALAND

Pre-departure requirements

Testing is no longer required to enter New Zealand

To enter New Zealand without controlled isolation and 14-day quarantine, you must be fully vaccinated (two doses). The last vaccination must have been given at least 14 days before departure. There are different options in the vaccination combinations that are recognised and that allow you to bypass the MIQ (isolation and quarantine).

On the official website of the New Zealand government, you will find a detailed listing of the possible combinations of recognized vaccines for entry.

New Zealand traveller declaration

You can start the New Zealand travel declaration 28 days before your flight. You should submit your declaration as soon as you have your pre-departure test result, so there is time to verify and review your documents before your flight.

The mandatory rapid antigen test on arrival

To fly on a Qantas or Air New Zealand flight, passengers will need to be fully vaccinated.

You can be at ease knowing we have a 24-hour emergency service. If you require any assistance when in need, you are taken care of. We’ll always keep you informed on the latest news and recent happenings, so you can make informed decisions and have peace of mind.

At this stage in the pandemic, TravelEssence is so well versed in the complicated booking, refund, and credit process that you are guaranteed an added sense of security if an outbreak impacts your holiday. You need a specialist that knows what they’re doing.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding travel to Australia and New Zealand, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are ready to answer any questions that you may have.

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