With the Easter weekend behind us, many holidaymakers are already planning their next break for the upcoming May Bank Holiday (May 2). Some destinations that are popular with Brits are Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
And with Australia axing more of its tough Covid-19 rules, now could be the perfect time to visit the country. But there are still various rules that travellers need to follow to enter these countries, so it’s important you’re up to date.
To make your life easier when flying from Gatwick or Heathrow Airport, we’ve researched Australia, New Zealand and Japan’s travel rules as it stands. Keep reading to find out more.
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Travellers will no longer need to show a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight Down Under. The new rule was rolled out yesterday (April 18) and comes as the country continues to ease its Covid-19 restrictions, Sky News Australia reports.
“From 18 April 2022 travellers to Australia will no longer be required to undertake a Covid-19 pre-departure test before boarding their flight,” the Department of Health said. “Travellers are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the airline you are travelling with and any countries you transit through.”
Brits will still need to prove they’re fully vaccinated and masks must be worn on international flights. However, if you’re not fully vaccinated, you will need a valid travel exemption to enter Australia.
You may have to quarantine after arriving in the country. All travellers must also submit a Digital Passenger Declaration.
New Zealand started to open its borders on February 27, however most Brits are still not allowed to enter the country. You may be able to enter New Zealand if you have a critical reason to travel.
Non-New Zealand citizens aged 17 and over arriving into the country, including New Zealand permanent residents and temporary visa holders, must be fully vaccinated. You must have proof of a negative Covid-19 result 48 hours before you jet off to New Zealand. Fully vaccinated travellers don’t have to self-isolate on arrival.
Only those with an exemption, or who meet one of the following criteria, do not need to have evidence that they have met Covid-19 vaccination requirements:
- a New Zealand citizen
- aged 16 and under
- cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons – you will need electronic or paper evidence from a medical practitioner
- a refugee arriving in New Zealand for the first time
- a citizen of Afghanistan and you have been evacuated
- are arriving from Antarctica
Children aged 16 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement to enter New Zealand.
Foreign nationals, including British nationals, with Status of Residence who have a valid re-entry permit are in principle allowed to re-enter the country. If you do not have these, you may apply for a visa to enter Japan for business, study, or purposes other than tourism.
As part of travelling to Japan, you must:
- Take an approved Covid-19 test within 72 hours before your flight departure time, and obtain proof of a negative result in an approved format
- (Before leaving) Sign a written pledge that commits you to abiding by the quarantine and self-isolation rules and to a number of other requirements
- (Before leaving) Complete an online health questionnaire and obtain a QR code
At immigration, you will be asked to submit the above documentation, take another Covid-19 test (and await the results at the airport), and to install Covid-19 tracing applications on your smartphone or other device. If you’re fully vaccinated, you are exempt from quarantine.
If you’re unvaccinated, you must spend three days after the day of arrival in self-isolation in your place of residence or accommodation.
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