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Covid-19 FAQs

If you have questions, we have answers.

Travelling in the time of COVID-19 doesn't have to be stressful. See below for a regularly updated list of FAQs when it comes to leaving the UK, what to expect when entering Australia and New Zealand, returning home, and everything in between. If you want to connect with a travel specialist about your own holiday, contact us here.

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Leaving the UK

Are the Australian borders open?

  • The Australian border is open to passport holders from the UK for the purpose of travel since 21 February 2022.


Is it safe to travel to Australia?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to Australia. In the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to Australia due to COVID-19.


Are there still caps on international arrivals in Australia?

  • International passenger caps have been removed for all international passenger arrivals into Australia.


Are the New Zealand borders open?

  • The New Zealand border is now open to passport holders from the UK for the purpose of travel as of 1 May 2022.


Is it safe to travel to New Zealand?

  • Yes, it is safe to travel to New Zealand. During the time of COVID-19, travel to all countries comes with risks. The UK government has not made an official statement against travel to New Zealand due to COVID-19.

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Your vaccination status

What does fully vaccinated mean?

  • You are considered fully vaccinated in Australia if you have received two doses of any Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days apart, and are at least 7 days post their second dose, with the exception of the Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, where they are regarded as fully vaccinated 7 days after the single dose.

  • You are considered fully vaccinated in New Zealand if you have received one or more dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (how many doses depends on which vaccine you have received). An approved vaccine is a complete course of any combination of the Medsafe or WHO approved vaccines. You must have received the last dose of the vaccine 15 days prior to entering New Zealand.


How do I get my NHS Covid Pass?

  • You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or online via NHS.UK.

  • Or, as a letter sent to you in the post, for those who are not digitally enabled.


What is the Australia Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD)?

  • Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) is no longer required for travel to Australia
  • As of 12.01 am 06th July 2022 you will be able to travel to and from Australia without being required to declare your COVID-19 vaccination status.


Can I leave the UK if I’m not vaccinated?

  • If you wish to travel to New Zealand for the purposes of tourism, you must be fully vaccinated when you leave the UK. Any unvaccinated travellers will have to apply for an exemption before they travel to New Zealand.
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Insurance and flights

Can I get travel insurance that covers COVID-19?

  • Be sure to check with your travel insurance provider to determine what they cover regarding COVID-19. A lot do protect you if you become infected with the virus before or during your holiday.

  • If you would like assistance with this, please ask your travel specialist at TravelEssence when planning your holiday.


What happens if I test positive in my pre-flight COVID-19 test?

  • If you or someone in your immediate travelling party test positive for COVID-19, you won’t be able to board your flight.

  • If you test positive in your pre-flight test, don’t go to the airport. Isolate immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • When it comes to rebooking or cancelling your flight/holiday, contact us at TravelEssence. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change/cancellation should be covered.


Do my children have to wear a mask on the plane?

  • Children aged 11 years or younger at the time of boarding do not need to wear a mask. Everyone else is required to wear a mask for the duration of the journey. This may vary based on the airline.

Entering Australia

What documents do I need to enter Australia?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your eVisitor 651 visa


Can I travel to Australia if I am not vaccinated?

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


Will I be tested upon arrival in Australia?


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in Australia?

Each state and territory is responsible for determining and managing quarantine requirements. You should check the requirements for the state or territory in which you will arrive.

Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of arrival before travelling on to another state or territory.

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Entering New Zealand

What documents do I need to enter New Zealand?

  • Your travel documents (ie. your passport)

  • Your NZeTA

  • Your vaccination certificate


Can I travel to New Zealand if I am not vaccinated?

  • No, you cannot travel to New Zealand if you are not vaccinated unless you are a citizen, dual citizen, or permanent resident. In this case, you must quarantine.

  • Yes, if you are a child under 16 travelling alone or with parents that meet the vaccination requirements.

  • If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons you can still enter New Zealand with sufficient medical proof. This will be determined on a case-to-case basis.


Will I have to quarantine when I arrive in New Zealand?

  • If you don’t qualify as fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine on arrival in New Zealand unless you are
    • Unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons

    • Under 16 years of age

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Children and recovered individuals in Australia

I’m travelling with my children to Australia. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under 12 can travel to Australia without being vaccinated.

  • Children 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter Australia. Children under 18 years old who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated may be eligible for modified quarantine and testing requirements, depending on the state of arrival. Check the requirements for the state or territory you’re arriving in here: https://www.australia.gov.au/state.

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I’m travelling with my children to New Zealand. Do they need to be vaccinated?

  • Children under 16 can travel to Australia without being vaccinated if they are travelling alone or with parents/guardians who meet the vaccination requirements.

  • Children 17 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter New Zealand.

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During your holiday in Australia

Can I travel to different states after I arrive in Australia?

  • Quarantine and interstate border measures are managed by the states and territories. Contact the relevant state or territory authority to find information on entry rules and requirements. You can find information relevant for each state here: https://www.australia.gov.au/states.

  • We recommend bringing at least five rapid tests per person if you plan to travel around Australia, as tests may be hard to access in Australia.


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What if I test positive or get sick while on my holiday?

  • If you test positive or get sick while on your holiday, isolate yourself immediately and contact the local health authority for advice on what to do.

  • If you need immediate medical assistance, call 000 on a landline and 112 on a mobile.

  • When it comes to rebooking, changing, or cancelling your holiday, contact us at TravelEssence. Depending on your travel insurance, the costs for this change should be covered.

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Returning to the UK

How do I qualify as fully vaccinated in the UK?

  • To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to the UK, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

  • You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in the UK. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.


Do I need to get a COVID-19 test before I travel back to the UK?

  • If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will not need to take a COVID-19 test before you travel to the UK or after you arrive.

  • If you do not qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will need to:
    • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test – to be taken in the 2 days before you travel to the UK

    • Book and pay for a COVID-19 PCR test – to be taken after you arrive in England (this test needs to be booked before you travel).


Will I have to quarantine when I return to the UK?

  • If you qualify as fully vaccinated for travel to the UK, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive.

  • If you do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you will only need to quarantine if the result of your PCR test taken upon return to the UK is positive.


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