Australian entry requirements have eased:
- Proof of vaccination status, negative COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival are no longer required
- Mask wearing on flights to Australia is no longer mandatory
International arrivals and departures to Australia have steadily climbed since December 2021. That month saw 227,000 departures and 196,000 arrivals. Provisional figures show an increase to around 1 million departures and arrivals in August 2021. The UK is the third largest source country for arrivals to Australia.
Middle Eastern carriers are increasing routes to Australia. Qatar Airways has doubled its Doha to Melbourne route (now double-daily). It will also be flying to six Australian destinations from December, with the restart of the Canberra route. In November, Emirates will restart their Dubai to Perth route, adding an extra 160 seats. This is in addition to the Emirates double daily service to both Sydney and Melbourne and a single daily service to Brisbane.
Tour operators and travel agents are reporting a great interest in Australian’s travelling long-haul again. The younger demographic who seek more value-based product offerings, have been the quickest to bounce back. However, tour operators and travel agents have reported that bookings for 2023 have two common themes:
- Exploring the countryside