Qantas confirms travel dates for 2021 to US, UK, Singapore, Japan, Fiji – so when can you fly abroad?
Qantas has officially confirmed that Australians will be able to pack their bags for an overseas holiday from December 18.
The country’s flagship airline has specified the exact date when holiday-hungry residents can book flights to popular destinations such as the US, UK, Canada and Singapore.
Biosafety laws banning outbound travel without exception will end on December 17 – the day before flights resume.
Qantas has officially confirmed that Australians will be able to pack their bags for an overseas holiday from December 18 (pictured, a tourist in Canada)
The country’s flagship airline (pictured) has specified the exact date when holiday-hungry residents can book flights to popular destinations such as the US, UK, Canada and Singapore
Qantas has scheduled scheduled flights to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore from December 18, a spokesman said Yahoo Finance.
Australians can also pack their bags for a much-anticipated vacation to Tokyo and Fiji from December 19.
The announcement will come as welcome news for holiday-hungry Australians, who were told last month by Qantas boss Alan Joyce that he expected flights to a few select cities to resume in mid-December.
Last week, the airline announced its plans to gradually reduce overseas flights once 80 percent of people over 16 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with the national plan.
Qantas said it expected the country to reach that goal in December — leading to the reopening of international borders as part of “Phase C” of the federal government’s path to pandemic normality.
The airline said flights to cities in Asia and South Africa with low vaccination coverage and high numbers of Covid-19 cases would not restart until April 2022.
Qantas has scheduled flights to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore from Dec. 18, a spokesman has revealed (pictured, a tourist in Italy)
Australians can also pack their bags for a much-anticipated vacation to Tokyo and Fiji from December 19 (photo, Qantas cabin crew)
Those developing countries include Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, and Johannesburg.
Qantas said it also plans to restart flights between Australia and New Zealand from mid-December 2021, as long as the trans-Tasman bubble has reopened by that date.
The airline has forecast that Victoria will be the first state to open its borders to NSW from early December, while hardline Western Australia will be the last.
It comes after Graham Turner, chief executive of Flight Center, optimistically predicted that the first flight from Australia would head to London in mid-November.
Australia is considered a ‘green list’ country by the United Kingdom, meaning visitors do not have to go into quarantine upon arrival.
Instead, tourists must be Covid-tested in the three days before arriving in Britain and again on their second day in the country.
Mr Turner also correctly predicted that Australians could pack their bags for a trip to mainland Europe, Fiji, Canada and the United States for the Christmas season.
More to come.
Where can you fly abroad in December?
* Sydney-Los Angeles