Update: From October 2020, travellers from ACT and NSW will also be permitted to travel to Norfolk Island without a quarantine period.
With international borders shut, there are few opportunities for Australians to travel overseas this year. But Norfolk Island, an Australian territory located between New Zealand and New Caledonia, is open for business.
Norfolk Island has introduced a similar hotspot-based system to Queensland. Visitors will need to apply for a Norfolk Island Entry Pass 24-72 hours before arriving. But those arriving from Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania or Western Australia do not need to quarantine on arrival, provided they have not transited through NSW, ACT or Victoria en-route to the island.
Unfortunately, visitors from Victoria are not presently permitted to enter the island. And visitors travelling from New South Wales or Australian Capital Territory are currently required to quarantine for 14 days after arrival, ruling out the possibility of a short holiday to Norfolk Island from Sydney.
But with no COVID-19 cases on Norfolk Island, the local tourism industry is pitching the island as a covid-free holiday destination to visitors from Queensland in particular. As Norfolk Island is not a COVID-19 hotspot, there is also no requirement for Queensland residents to quarantine upon returning home. (This would also apply to visitors from South Australia and Northern Territory, who would not need to quarantine if returning home from Norfolk Island via Brisbane.)
Flights from the Australian mainland to Norfolk Island are somewhat limited. There are normally multiple flights each week from Sydney and Brisbane to the island. But at the moment, Air New Zealand is just operating weekly Airbus A320neo flights to Norfolk Island from Sydney and Brisbane, respectively. Air New Zealand, which has had a monopoly on commercial flights from Australia’s mainland to the island since Norfolk Island Airlines ceased operations in 2018, is not planning to increase this frequency until March 2021.
Nonetheless, if you would like to travel from Brisbane to Norfolk Island, it is possible if you don’t mind staying at least 6 nights. Air New Zealand currently flies from Brisbane to Norfolk Island every Saturday, with return flights available on Fridays. This makes Norfolk Island an ideal holiday destination for Brisbane residents with a week off!
There is currently no award availability on Air New Zealand’s flights to Norfolk Island, but cash fares are available. Air New Zealand “Seat” fares from Brisbane to Norfolk Island start at $626 return, with additional charges applicable for checked baggage or “Works” fares including a meal and in-flight movies.