Excited to travel overseas? These are the extra hidden costs Aussies will have to fork out to visit popular international destinations this year
- Millions of travel-starved Aussies to finally get a summer holiday this Christmas
- Holidaymakers from NSW can enjoy foreign getaways from November 1 onwards
- Travel experts have warned about extra costs for those soon heading overseas
- Costs include proof of negative Covid tests, isolating at your own cost in hotels
- Travel insurance is also highly recommended, as it’s mandatory at some venues
Eager Australian travellers are being warned to book their next international destination wisely to avoid being slapped with extra hidden fees brought in during the Covid pandemic.
From November 1 fully vaccinated citizens, permanent residents and their families will be able to leave Australia from NSW and fly to countries like Fiji, the UK and the US without worrying about quarantining for 14 days in a hotel upon their return.
All other states and territories are preparing for international travel when they reach 80 per cent double-jab rates, except for Western Australia who is hoping to keep its borders closed into 2022.
But before booking flights abroad travel experts are begging for Aussies to read the fine print depending on which region they’re travelling to – so it doesn’t come as a shock if additional charges are required.
Covid PCR tests will be mandatory for returning travellers, with the current price $180 per person in the United Kingdom.
In Fiji leading up to Christmas, it is mandatory to initially stay at an approved hotel for three days before then moving on to your destination of choice
Holidaymakers in Fiji will also be required to provide a rapid Covid test result within 48 hours as well as confirmation of a negative Covid result before boarding a flight home – which costs $225
In nations such as Indonesia, some hotels will not accept guests if they don’t have proof of travel insurance – and if you happen to contract Covid, you must isolate in a hotel at your own cost
Travel insurance is also a must because if you happen to contract Covid when abroad in nations like Indonesia, travellers will be required to isolate in hotels at their own expense.
Some hotels and resorts are also demanding proof of travel insurance on arrival before accepting holidaymakers at their venues.
In Fiji leading up to Christmas, it is mandatory to initially stay at an approved hotel for three days before then moving on to your destination of choice.
Holidaymakers will also be required to provide a rapid Covid test result within 48 hours as well as confirmation of a negative Covid result before boarding a flight home – which costs $225.
And with limited staff at many Fijian resorts, some have recommended not heading to the island nation until at least next February as the ‘guest experience may fall short of expectations’.
Lisa Perkovic from Expedia said being thoroughly prepared before heading to the airport international terminal is key.
‘Plan and research where you are going,’ she told Nine News. ‘You need to know what is required for the country you are going to.’
Victoria and Tasmania are on track to reach the 80 per cent jab target in early November, with South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory due to reach the milestone in December.
If flying from London (pictured) to Australia, Covid PCR tests will be mandatory when returning down under, with the current price $180 per person in the United Kingdom
Travel experts have also predicted flights overseas to the likes of Bali (pictured) will drop in price from January through to March next year
Hidden extra costs for travellers leaving Australian shores:
- In Indonesia, holidaymakers who return a positive result for Covid-19 will be required to isolate immediately in a hotel – at their own cost
- Other hotels are also demanding proof of travel insurance upon the arrival of guests
- Over in Fiji, guests must initially stay at an approved hotel for at least three days before moving on to their own destination
- They will also be required to provide a rapid Covid test result within 48 hours as well as confirmation of a negative Covid result before boarding a flight home to Australia – which costs $225
- Covid PCR tests are mandatory for returning travellers to Australia – which currently cost $180 per person in the United Kingdom
WA Premier Mark McGowan has gone against the grain, stating international travel won’t be on the table from Perth until 2022.
He will also not budge on his hard border closure and revealed the state will remain closed to the rest of the country until 90 per cent of residents have been vaccinated.
As it stands in the ACT overseas travel is also forbidden – except to New Zealand. It comes despite the nation’s capital already achieving a double vaccination rate of beyond 80 per cent.
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