Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

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Depends on the airline, Qantas and a few others require it now irrespective of the destinations requirements

Qantas claims on its website that the PCR test is an Australian government requirement, not QF's. I wonder if they haven't updated the travel *to* Australia requirements to reflect that we can now travel *from* Australia?

If what QF says is true, all carriers would require the same PCR test before boarding.

*edited to add* the latest 'flying update' email from QF says you only need to be vaccinated, no mention of the PCR test.
 

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Hopefully all the issues around PCR tests will be resolved this week, as flights start the next. I expect we will see PCR tests dropped for departures of fully vaccinated persons.
Especially as we head into the Christmas season and capacity for certified test labs (not state health test sites) becomes a factor.

I could imagine the situation where heaps of people are denied boarding due to issues with test results being delayed.
 

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Especially as we head into the Christmas season and capacity for certified test labs (not state health test sites) becomes a factor.

I could imagine the situation where heaps of people are denied boarding due to issues with test results being delayed.

I suspect there will be an enormous amount of fake tests
 
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Well if you’re determined, everything can be faked.
My view is anyone involved anywhere in this chain (fake-vax-cert-maker to holder of fake-vax-cert/test results) should at a minimum receive same penalty as counterfeiter $$$. Except this can result in potentially making people ill or worse…
 
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I just went to the Netherlands (from UK) and I had to do a PCR test before departure. You also need to be tested every day if you want to go to a bar/restaurant etc, unless you have a EU vaccination app.
Yeah, the UK are on their high-risk country list and PCR test is required, whereas Australia is still on their safe list and even remained on the safe list during the NSW outbreak and now the VIC out break so should remain there hopefully.

From what I've read, anyone fully vaccinated from Australia can enter the Netherlands without a PCR test if they can show proof of vaccination.

I called Qatar to ask them if they require a PCR test for departing Australia but they referred me to their website which states the same information as what the Netherlands Government.

So by the looks of things, I shouldn't require a PCR test - Hopefully in the coming week this requirement is cleared up with all airlines.
 

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The testing requirements can be a bit of a minefield - particularly if you're travelling to or transiting multiple countries, but honestly its great to see that travel is possible back home and I for one am planning to be back in Melbourne in early Feb. I found some really good J fares out of Rome.

I hope the covid testing rules become at least more unified across countries/airlines, and I think we will get there. In the meantime, get booking :)
 

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The testing requirements can be a bit of a minefield - particularly if you're travelling to or transiting multiple countries, but honestly its great to see that travel is possible back home and I for one am planning to be back in Melbourne in early Feb. I found some really good J fares out of Rome.

I hope the covid testing rules become at least more unified across countries/airlines, and I think we will get there. In the meantime, get booking :)
Agree, on a recent trip down to Liberia I had to end up getting a last minute PCR test because my transit point changed from vaccination proof only to PCR test. Always check, double check and then triple check a few days before you set off!
 

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Yes - this is a scenario churning in the back of my brain
Yes I think the same for most.

There is a reality where you perhaps get tested prior to boarding the plane home and are positive but no symptoms - that is at least 2 weeks on to the end of your trip. And then either hoping for a negative test or trying to find a Doctor who will certify a recovery if you test positive again.
 

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Yes I think the same for most.

There is a reality where you perhaps get tested prior to boarding the plane home and are positive but no symptoms - that is at least 2 weeks on to the end of your trip. And then either hoping for a negative test or trying to find a Doctor who will certify a recovery if you test positive again.

Rest assured there will be a whole industry geared towards providing these certifications :) Clinics have sprung up all over London for example offering every test imaginable... and in every time frame imaginable. These range from walk-in sites to Harley Street practices that will come to you in your hotel (£500 for that service!). There will probably be a separate booth for the 'certified recovery' cohort.
 
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Rest assured there will be a whole industry geared towards providing these certifications :) Clinics have sprung up all over London for eample offering every test imaginable... and in every time frame imaginable. These range from walk-in sites to Harley Street practices that will come to you in your hotel (£500 for that service!). There will probably be a separate booth for the 'certified recovery' cohort.
Might be more interesting in a foreign country however, particularly if it is one that does not have a big tourist market.
 

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Rest assured there will be a whole industry geared towards providing these certifications :) Clinics have sprung up all over London for example offering every test imaginable... and in every time frame imaginable. These range from walk-in sites to Harley Street practices that will come to you in your hotel (£500 for that service!). There will probably be a separate booth for the 'certified recovery' cohort.
🤔.. soon in London the Harley St end will be jostling for Royal Warrants
 
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