Current as 5 Feb 2021
Travel Restrictions Easing: Good news this past week with border restrictions easing for all States other than WA. Below is an update including the status & requirements for each state.
Staff & Servicing: Fewer border restrictions have led to a surge in bookings at MP this week and we’ve subsequently increased our consulting operations. The team is familiar with the myriad of rules and regulations and available to assist (including OBT queries). All systems, including OBTs, are fully operational.
Change of Address: The Sydney office relocated at the end of 2020. The new address is: Level 4, 12 Mount Street North Sydney NSW 2060.
Refunds – Airline refund processing times are currently 8-10 weeks.
Unused Tickets – The ticket validity for eligible tickets cancelled due to COVID19 will be automatically extended by the airline as per the airline policy. The validity extension may not reflect on your MP reports but rest assured our team have all your information at hand to assist. Consultants can also assist with re-booking travel vouchers issued by Jetstar for bookings cancelled due to COVID-19. Both Qantas and Virgin are offering flexible fly conditions with free domestic date changes for travellers with travel plans impacted by COVID-19. Conditions apply.
Masks When Travelling: On Friday, 8 January 2021, National Cabinet agreed that the use of face masks within airport terminals and on domestic commercial flights be mandated across Australia. The requirement to wear a mask in these settings is to be established by public health orders in each state and territory. Generally, the wearing of face masks is required in all Australian airport terminals and on all domestic commercial flights. However, prior to undertaking air travel, you should review the relevant state/territory guidance for the state/territory you will be travelling to and from and the relevant airline website, as these requirements may vary.
Quick Airline Update:
Qantas – has increased domestic capacity on various routes throughout Australia along with introducing flights to new domestic destinations.They’ve also advised (once international recommences) they are introducing non-stop flights from the east coast to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Chicago, Paris & Frankfurt. Qantas will have a “no vaccination, no travel” policy when international flights resume.
Virgin – has also increased domestic capacity & contrary to some reports, still offering a premium product – and very much in the corporate market. The Brisbane lounge has reopened with other lounges set to follow in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast as demand grows.
Regional Express – is becoming more aggressive in the Australian domestic market, launching its first Sydney-Melbourne service 01 March, with 9 return flights a day. Brisbane will follow. They’re offering full service flights (the same as Virgin & Qantas) & will have business & economy cabins in their 737-800 aircraft. They also offer lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airports.
Tiger Air – has officially ceased operations.
Note: The information below may change at short notice. We strongly recommend all travellers refer to relevant government websites prior to making a booking (or call MP), to ensure you meet entry requirements for your intended destination.
A permit is required to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel. You need to have a completed travel permit prior to entering Victoria which will be valid for 14 days, however, if the situation changes you will need to apply for a new permit.
From 9:00pm Victorian time on Sunday, 31 January, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region of Western Australia will move from a green zone to a red zone under Victoria’s travel permit system. If you have been in one of these currently listed red zones since 25 January, you will not be allowed to enter Victoria without an exception, exemption or permitted worker permit.
Further information – https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-travel-permit-system
Border Restrictions Direction 22 commenced on 31 January 2021 and requires a person entering Queensland who has been in an Australian State or Territory with a COVID-19 HOTSPOT in the previous 14 days to apply for and receive a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to your arrival.
Queensland Border Restrictions are subject to constant review and change, which could mean you are no longer permitted to enter Queensland or may be required to quarantine at government arranged accommodation at your own expense. To check up to date hotspots please visit – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19
Currently domestic travellers are only required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass if they have been in Western Australia in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland.
If you have been in Greater Melbourne since January 29 and arrived into Queensland should get tested – even if you do not have symptoms – and isolate until you receive a result. There is no decision at this time to close the border but Queenslanders are being asked to reconsider travel to Victoria.
Queensland residents returning to Queensland from a hotspot must quarantine for 14 days on entering Queensland in government arranged accommodation at their own expense.
For further information please visit – https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
New South Wales
Arrivals into NSW from WA by air are required to undergo COVID-19 screening on arrival which includes:
- temperature and symptom screening
- completing a self-declaration form
If you arrived in NSW on or after 25 January and you have been to any of the WA affected areas you should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days since you were last at the venue or location.
Further information – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions
Australian Capital Territory
If you have been in some parts of Western Australia (Perth metropolitan area, the Peel and South West regions) since 25 January, you should self-quarantine and get tested. In addition, people should remain in quarantine until at least 9pm (ACT time) on 5 February 2021, even if they return a negative result.
If you have already returned to the ACT from one of the WA COVID-19 affected areas, you must immediately enter quarantine until at least 9pm (ACT time) on Friday 5 February, get tested for COVID-19, and complete an online declaration form immediately.
If you are considering travelling to the ACT and have been in any of these COVID-19 affected areas you should not travel at this time. If you need to travel for an extraordinary circumstance, you will need an approved exemption from ACT Health, and this exemption must be granted prior to travel.
Currently, Victorian residents and people travelling from Victoria can travel to the ACT, but only if you haven’t visited a public exposure site . Anyone who has been in a public exposure site in Victoria needs to quarantine and get tested
All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least 7 days prior to travel, irrespective of whether they are from a low community transmission zone or a prescribed location.
From 12:01 am 31 January 2021, travel is permitted from Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast to South Australia. Upon arrival, travellers must immediately self-quarantine and must remain in that place until a negative COVID-19 test result is received. You must submit a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival and on day 5 and 12 after arrival in South Australia.
Travellers who have been to areas pf Perth, Peel and South West Regions in Western Australia which are now considered a Prohibited zone are not permitted to enter South Australia. Exemptions do apply however travellers must have an approved Cross Border Travel Application. People wishing to enter South Australia from Western Australia are permitted to do so providing that they have not been in a Prohibited zone and must receive a COVID-19 test within 24 hours from arrival in South Australia and self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. They must get tested again on day 5 and day 12.
Any person who has been at a place of concern in Victoria at the specific time and date pursuant to https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks-covid-19 must notify SA Health, to be subjected to self-quarantine for 14 days and submit to COVID Testing Day 1, 5 and 12. Any arrival from Greater Melbourne Area since 12.01 am 28 January 2021 to self-quarantine at a suitable place and submit to COVID-19 testing on Day 1, 5 and 12. Upon written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 result, person is released from the self-quarantine requirement, but must complete the testing regime.
For further information please visit – https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions#sa
Cross Border Travel Registration – https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
All people travelling to the Northern Territory must complete the border entry form . You must complete this application no more than 7 days prior to arriving in the Northern Territory. If you are intending to travel to the Northern Territory from an identified active coronavirus hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Likewise if you are a Territorian intending to travel to an active hotspot you are advised to cancel your plans. Anyone arriving into the Northern Territory from or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine. This will be at your own cost. The cost per person for supervised quarantine is $2500.
Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory, or who arrives in the Northern Territory before 3:30pm on 4 February, who has been in a Victorian Hotspot since 29 January to be tested for COVID 19. A person who is required to be tested must travel directly to a suitable place to self-isolate and remain in that place, except to submit to testing for COVID-19 (or in an emergency). Once tested, the person must remain isolated in the suitable place until notified of the results of the test.
Further information – https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/home
Border entry form – https://forms.nt.gov.au/Produce/wizard/9ffc58df-b0a5-422e-86e5-f260522c072a/?prepared=true&logGuid=496ad643-d76e-4edd-9d44-ef31577bad77
Hotspots – https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine/hotspots-covid-19
Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state, to help manage the risk of COVID-19 at Tasmania’s borders.Tasmania’s border entry conditions depend on where each traveller has spent time prior to their day of arrival. Areas are assessed as either low, medium or high-risk based on Public Health advice.Register through the Tas e-Travel system if you have only spent time in low-risk areas in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania. Tas e-Travel system – https://arrivals.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Pages/default.asp
If you have spent time in medium or high-risk areas, please read the latest information via the link below before making a G2G PASS submission.
A new Tas e-Travel registration or G2G PASS submission is required each time a person travels to Tasmania.
G2G PASS system: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/g2g-pass0
To determine if you have been to a low, medium or high risk area and for further information please visit – https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert
Effective 6pm Sunday 31 January 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions are in a 5-day lockdown, based on health advice.
Following the latest public health advice, and pending no further outbreaks, Queensland and Victoria will move to the ‘very low risk’ category from the following dates:
- Queensland 12.01am, Monday 1 February
- Victoria 12.01am, Friday 5 February
Under the ‘very low risk’ category, safe travel is permitted into WA, subject to the following updated conditions:
- completion of a G2G PASS prior to travel, stipulating:
- they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms
- which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days
- undergoing a health screening and temperature test if arriving at Perth Airport
- being prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician
- undergoing a health screening if arriving by land.
New South Wales remains at ‘low risk’ category, which means travel is permitted subject to strict conditions including 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing..
Pass – https://www.g2gpass.com.au/
Queensland and Victoria update – https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/queensland-and-victoria-transition-very-low-risk-category
Further information – https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus