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New South Wales will reopen for international travel on 1 November 2021. Photo: Matt Graham.

This week, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet made a huge announcement that Australians will finally be allowed to leave the country – and return without quarantine – from 1 November 2021. That’s just over two weeks away!

There are some conditions. For example, Australians will need to be fully vaccinated, will need a negative COVID-19 test before returning to Australia, and this will only apply to Australian residents, permanent residents and their immediately family members – which will soon include parents of Australians.

It’s great news, but there’s a lot to digest and unpack. To help with this, Alan Lam from Netwave Travel joined Matt on Episode 71 of the AFF on AIR podcast. The discussion includes the details of Australia’s new international travel requirements, which airlines to fly with, the rules for transiting via international airports, COVID-19 travel insurance, and more!

Also in this episode, how to leverage your elite airline status to get your status matched by another airline.


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 71: “NSW Ends Quarantine”

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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