Podcast #62: Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 (Part One)

Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 (Part One)
Travelling to Australia during the pandemic sadly remains a huge challenge for many. Photo: Anna Shvets on Pexels.

With Australia’s international border still closed (except to New Zealand), and restrictive international arrival caps still in place, flying to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic sadly remains a huge challenge.

This fortnight, travel agent Alan Lam from Netwave Travel (a.k.a madrooster on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum) returns to the AFF on Air podcast for an extended interview full of helpful tips and advice for anyone who needs to travel internationally to or from Australia during the pandemic.

This episode contains Part One of Matt’s interview with Alan Lam which gives an update on travelling to Australia during COVID-19. The next episode (podcast #63, released on 24 June 2021) will feature Part Two of the interview which is all about outbound travel from Australia during the pandemic.

The discussion in Part One of the interview includes detailed information about what type of ticket to book to minimise your risk of getting bumped off the flight, how much you can expect to pay for a ticket, where to fly into Australia, Qantas DFAT repatriation flights, common travel agent scams and more.

You can contact Alan Lam by emailing alan[at]netwavetravel[dot]com.

For more information about travelling to Australia during COVID-19, check out Alan’s detailed guide on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum. Alan posts under the username “madrooster”. You can also ask Alan a question on the Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 (Discussion) thread.


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 62: “Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 (Part One)”

You can also view the episode notes. If you’d like to discuss this episode, ask Matt a question or suggest a topic for a future episode, you can join the discussion on the AFF on Air Discussion thread.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]


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