Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

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Still no update to AU / EU vaccine certificate reciprocity. Should we give up hope that it will happen? Political hoops, submarines etc?
NZ got acceptance on 15 November!
 

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For what it's worth today is my last day in Poland having spent 4 weeks here.

At the border the Aussie certificate was accepted after looking at it for a while.

Poland allows up to 30% of normal capacity at restaurants/pubs/clubs/stadiums for unvaccinated people. And 100% for vaccinated.

The reality of course is very different. I ate dinner out every night and got asked once. I said yes but I don't have a certificate. I'm not sure she listened or gave any hoots about my answer and let me in.

Mask compliance is higher than I expected in Poland (I'm from here). In restaurants it's about 60% and on the street about 20% (no such mandate).

Having survived Melbourne in 2020 and 2021 it seems like complete freedom here, but the locals are spewing at the "sanitary segregation".
 

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Still no update to AU / EU vaccine certificate reciprocity. Should we give up hope that it will happen? Political hoops, submarines etc?
NZ got acceptance on 15 November!
I imagine it will happen, but Fed's still chasing their tail with COVID/RAT/Close contacts, and don't have time nor energy to put to us planning European travellers. That will change I imagine by mid year when focus can be put on travel again. Can you imagine a media rep asking an international travel related question at National Cabinet debriefs now? Would get shot down for asking questions at unsuitable time in the pandemic.
 

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Since this is a prediction thread, anyone want to predict when Australia will stop requiring PCR test to board a flight home?

And when airlines like SQ will stop requiring a RAT or PCR even if the destination does not require it of vaxxed travelers?

Now that most borders are open, getting rid of testing seems to be the next holy grail to normalization of travel.

If i had a choice, I would rather isolate at home for 7 days than risk being denied boarding because I came up as a surprise asymptomatic positive.
 

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Since this is a prediction thread, anyone want to predict when Australia will stop requiring PCR test to board a flight home?

And when airlines like SQ will stop requiring a RAT or PCR even if the destination does not require it of vaxxed travelers?

Now that most borders are open, getting rid of testing seems to be the next holy grail to normalization of travel.

If i had a choice, I would rather isolate at home for 7 days than risk being denied boarding because I came up as a surprise asymptomatic positive.

Realistically, it’s currently a total waste of time and causing a lot of pain and suffering for people (especially those who are likely picking it up in Australia before leaning anyway).

Fingers crossed it’s soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it change not long after the WA border opening. Canberra might be trying to keep things calm until then.
 

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Since this is a prediction thread, anyone want to predict when Australia will stop requiring PCR test to board a flight home?

And when airlines like SQ will stop requiring a RAT or PCR even if the destination does not require it of vaxxed travelers?

Now that most borders are open, getting rid of testing seems to be the next holy grail to normalization of travel.

If i had a choice, I would rather isolate at home for 7 days than risk being denied boarding because I came up as a surprise asymptomatic positive.
I'm hoping it's all done by April because right now it's meaningless. And didn't stop my son testing positive within 12 hours on arrival. So someone on his plane, or the airport overseas was positive.
 

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I'm hoping it's all done by April because right now it's meaningless. And didn't stop my son testing positive within 12 hours on arrival. So someone on his plane, or the airport overseas was positive.
Or caught it on the day prior to departure and it wasn't showing up in the testing yet as it was too early. Could really be a number of places! No point trying to work out where......
 

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Or caught it on the day prior to departure and it wasn't showing up in the testing yet as it was too early. Could really be a number of places! No point trying to work out where......
No, of course. For 'reasons' I'd like to link it directly to UK and not Aus though, which is another story...needless to say within 12 hours of arrival in OZ he was positive.
 

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No, of course. For 'reasons' I'd like to link it directly to UK and not Aus though, which is another story...needless to say within 12 hours of arrival in OZ he was positive.
That would definitely sound like it was picked up in Merry old England then!
 
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What's the best source to monitor the possibilities of visits by those of us not lucky enough to be Australian? And will such a policy decision fall to the federal government or to the individual states?
 

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Welcome back, @FoothillFlyer. Guessing you're referring to incoming tourist travel? The decisions about international borders and travel restrictions are made by the Federal Govt.

The best source? It's this very thread. I found out in Nov that I was to be subject to 'omicron quaro' on flying into SYD minutes after the announcement was made. And I read it first right here.

cheers skip
 

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Once booster levels are up and the omicron wave has subsided there may be further easing of restrictions. It‘s possible that the vaccination requirements for travel could be changed to require a booster so be prepared for that possibility.

The Federal Election is likely to be in May. This may impact the timing of some changes to restrictions. If the omicron wave lasts too close to the election then easing of restrictions could be delayed till after the election.
 

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In an unexpected quarantine moment, thanks to Queensland:

NEW: All passengers and crew who were on an Air Calin flight from Tokyo to Noumea have been placed in hotel quarantine in Brisbane after their plane had to be diverted due to the ash cloud from the eruption of an underwater volcano off Tonga on the weekend

 

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In an unexpected quarantine moment, thanks to Queensland: NEW: All passengers and crew who were on an Air Calin flight from Tokyo to Noumea have been placed in hotel quarantine in Brisbane after their plane had to be diverted due to the ash cloud from the eruption of an underwater volcano off Tonga on the weekend


I think this would have happened wherever they landed in AU - no-one or very few would have had the necessary requirements to enter the country.

Surely they will continue once safe to do so.
 
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In an unexpected quarantine moment, thanks to Queensland:


I think this would have happened wherever they landed in AU - no-one or very few would have had the necessary requirements to enter the country.

Surely they will continue once safe to do so.
I suspect that being in quarantine is safer than being in the community in BNE.
 

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