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When can I travel in Australia? Understanding Australian travel restrictions

Let’s take a closer look at the current travel restrictions in place in Australia so you can plan where to go.

As with every country in the world, Australia has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic. The tourism industry, in particular, has been badly affected as restrictions have made it all but impossible for travellers. Although the country's borders remain closed to international visitors, there might be a possibility for you to travel domestically, depending on where you are living and where you are going. 

As you plan your trip, you may be considering your options for domestic travel insurance. When searching, always be sure to check the PDS before purchasing, as COVID-19 has affected the coverage that insurers offer, and many insurers aren't currently providing coverage for COVID-19 related claims. Read the PDS carefully and ensure the cover you’re considering is right for you.

Let’s take a closer look at the current travel restrictions in place in Australia so you can plan where to go. 

Prior to travelling
To ensure the safety of passengers and crew alike, the Australian aviation industry has created a Domestic Passenger Journey Protocol document. These protocols are designed to provide clear and consistent advice for passengers intending to travel domestically within Australia. Be sure to read this document prior to travelling to be sure that you are aware of the regulations. 

Where to go
Different states and territories have the ability to put their own travel restrictions in place as required. Travel in and out of a state or territory can be restricted and state borders can even be closed if deemed to be necessary for the safety of the residents. Specific areas can also be subject to travel restrictions to help contain any local outbreaks of the virus. Some states and territories are also enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantines for those who have visited the area. 

Before choosing your destination, be sure to research the restrictions and conditions that are in place so that you can plan accordingly. Keep an eye on the news for the latest developments and if it looks like more restrictions will be enforced where you are going, then perhaps it is time to consider a new destination.

Which airlines are operating? 
Due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, Qantas, Virgin and Region Express airlines are all flying but with very limited schedules. However, the airlines are looking at how they can expand their domestic services when border restrictions ease and the country starts to return to some form of normalcy. Although the airlines will have strategies in place to minimise the risk of contamination, Qantas has stated that there will be no physical distancing on flights due to how impractical it would be and the effect that limiting seat numbers would have on ticket prices. 

When you’re considering your mode of transport, be sure to choose an option that you feel comfortable with and that you think will provide a safe environment for you and your family. Be sure to follow the advice of your travel provider and adhere to any safety measures that they have in place. 

Stay safe if you are travelling domestically in Australia
The world is an uncertain place right now and here in Australia, the Coronavirus pandemic is continuing to have a huge impact on both businesses and individuals all over the country. Planning a domestic could be just the thing you need right now to help you unwind and destress from the whole situation. 

However, as restrictions and conditions surrounding travel are changing so rapidly, it’s important that you check the latest developments before heading off. Be sure to have a contingency plan in place in case your first destination doesn’t work out. With the right planning, your family can start planning a safe trip to explore just some of what our beautiful country has to offer.

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