Start making your holiday plans, because two of Australia’s most loved destinations are getting ready to welcome back Australian travellers.
Fiji, and Thailand have announced that they are ready to start welcoming Australians back before the end of the year.
After nearly two years of border closures, Fiji is preparing to reopen from 1 December, with the first scheduled flight to the country on Fiji Airways set to arrive that same day.
It will welcome back fully vaccinated travellers from its “Travel Partner” countries, which are those with high vaccination rates and COVID-19 rates, such as Australia and New Zealand. Travellers must also be able to provide a negative PCR test three days prior to departure.
Fiji has had 80 percent of its population fully vaccinated and every one of its hotels and tourism operator will be certified under the Care Fiji Commitment program.
Thailand has announced 1 November is the date it opens its border gradually to fully vaccinated travellers from a quarantine-free list of ten countries, including Australia.
However, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues will not reopen until 1 December.
Travellers entering the country must complete an RT-PCR test before departing their home country and upon arrival to Thailand to prove they do not have COVID.
Meanwhile, despite reopening to a small number of countries including New Zealand and China from 14 October, Indonesia has yet to discuss reopening plans for Australia with the Australian government.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced that Australia’s border is scheduled to reopen from mid-November, with details on a revised quarantine policy to be released soon.