Qantas is planning to resume flights to and from the UK months earlier than expected, with tickets already on sale for travel from 1 July.
But the airline stressed that the actual start date might change, depending on border controls and the progress of the Covid vaccination rollout.
However, Qantas appears to have dropped a suggestion by its Chief Executive Alan Joyce last year that passengers would have to show proof they’d had the Covid vaccine. The airline certainly doesn’t flag up the need for a Covid vaccine on its website.
Qantas flights to the UK have been grounded for months and entry to Australia is currently restricted to Australian citizens and permanent residents or those with an exemption.
Additionally, all travellers entering Australia need to quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility at their port of arrival at the moment. Presumably Qantas will only resume flights from the UK once arrivals no longer need to quarantine.
Currently you don’t need to quarantine when you return to the UK from Australia due to its low rate of Covid cases, however this might change if the UK Government decides to introduce tougher border control measures.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed yesterday that the UK will introduce a testing regime for arrivals, but he has yet to say how or when testing will be carried out.
It’s worth pointing out too that the new lockdown introduced in England this morning includes a ban on foreign holidays. The new restrictions are expected to last at least until mid-February, possibly longer, although they should have been at least partially eased by July, we hope.