Do I need a COVID flight clearance test to fly in Australia or overseas? And do I have to pay?

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Description

As we head towards our first COVID-era Christmas, many Australians will be excited that it is once again possible to travel domestically to be with family and friends.

While international travel isn’t yet routine, some people continue to fly overseas with valid exemptions.

Of course, air travel moving forward is going to look a bit different. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce recently declared international passengers will need to have had a COVID vaccine, and this statement has attracted some backlash.

But until a vaccine is widely available — and even beyond — testing is going to be a requirement for some travellers.

Subject

COVID-19 testing

Air travel

Travel certificates

Period8 Dec 2020

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  • TitleDo I need a COVID flight clearance test to fly in Australia or overseas? And do I have to pay?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryAustralia
    Date8/12/20
    DescriptionAs we head towards our first COVID-era Christmas, many Australians will be excited that it is once again possible to travel domestically to be with family and friends.
    While international travel isn’t yet routine, some people continue to fly overseas with valid exemptions.

    Of course, air travel moving forward is going to look a bit different. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce recently declared international passengers will need to have had a COVID vaccine, and this statement has attracted some backlash.

    But until a vaccine is widely available — and even beyond — testing is going to be a requirement for some travellers.
    Producer/AuthorLauren Ball, Mark Morgan
    PersonsLauren E. Ball, Mark Morgan