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  1. bicek

    SC491 window of arrival

    That's awful
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    Can my son transfer in year 12?

    It's all over the papers here at the moment, yes. This is a societal issue that spans countries. It's not specific to the UK or Australia. And there would be many factors involved.
  3. bicek

    SC491 window of arrival

    You shouldn't need to wait for borders to open to everyone so you can enter. If you have a relevant visa you are entitled to enter now I had thought?
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    309 partnership visa applications

    Wow that is crazy fast! I thought 9 months was good
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I've attached the schedule up until 31st May here. Yep I don't either but started an account purely to access the info, as it is very helpful! Hope this helps.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    We have just booked our flights with Singapore Airlines for a bit later in the year,but flying into Sydney. The non transit flights are only listed up to end of May. I guess they are scheduling like this on the basis they may not need to make them non transit after that time period. So for any flights booked for dates after May, passengers will need to double and triple check their booking accordingly to make sure it is converted to a non transit flight if that is still needed at that time. My feeling is that UK might not be under the same restrictions by Singapore at that time. Hard to say but I will keep my eye on it. Really sorry your flight got bumped. Did you have to pay £1500 extra per person or for a group? There is a flight schedule floating around the Facebook groups which shows all Singapore Airlines non transit flights listed until end of May. For anyone who wants to fly before then. I can post it to the forum if that helps, I have saved the image somewhere...
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    That's an interesting point. I was actually wondering about this just today. I am planning to book flights in the next few days. Are Qatar still offering the full refund/cancellation no quibbles asked? I'm planning to fly with Singapore, but maybe I could book a Qatar flight as a back up plan and spread the risk a bit. People have suggested paying with paypal if there's the option because it's a much quicker process to get your refund in the instance your flight is cancelled.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    We've just had the blood tests come back yesterday for our cat (earlier then expected yay!) so I've uploaded everything last night and hoping we can get an import permit and quarantine space secured for him in the next few weeks
  9. Agree with MARYROSE02. I've lived in both New Zealand and Australia and I have positive (and like anywhere - some negative) things to say about living in both countries. Overall, they are both wonderful places to live and they have a lot to offer, if you seize the opportunity. Australia is vast and any opinion of "this place" will be limited by your immediate experience. Sorry to hear you're not happy where you are Hendo.
  10. It doesn't hurt to be kept in the loop on DFAT flights and you never know, it may turn out to be useful. Yep 3 of us have Aussie citizenship, 1 on a partner visa, and I guess our newborn will need a visitor visa/exemption as we won't have time to sort their citizenship by descent and Aussie passport before we go.
  11. From what I understand, it is a valid reason. I've just registered with DFAT as well, in case that is useful down the line. From a bit of research, I learned that those with a visa/exemption situation are also allowed to travel on the DFAT flights, not just Australian citizens.
  12. I've just spotted on the Australian High Commission in UK Facebook Page that there is a UK Government form which needs to be completed in advance of travel, to declare that you are permitted to travel outside of the UK. Relocating to Australia is definitely a valid reason, so that's fine! This applies for travel from 8 March onwards, during any periods of restriction. You need a separate form for each person in the group traveling, including children (complete on their behalf). They advise to carry a copy of the form(s) with you to avoid any complications at borders. More details, and the form is accessible here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-declaration-form-for-international-travel?fbclid=IwAR0Ec9TOVRGtxxELZhsOtciIUDTcNXOqRvWFBCGHiIF_ytT65J7KTH_kdsw
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    The idea of relocating overseas pre-covid seems quite straightforward and stressfree in comparison (although in reality I know it's never without stress!). Once you are settled in Aussie you will be able to get a furry friend! Yes it certainly makes it more complicated, I'll be relieved when we all make it over there and get reacquainted with our furry friend in our new home. If the timings get complicated we could be separated for longer than we would like.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Yes we are using Petair UK. Have you gone through an agent too? I have no idea if the wait times have improved or got worse. Around December time they were telling us it could be 6-8 months waiting time on a quarantine place.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Seems sensible. Yes there's so much to consider and account for in this whole process. A little overwhelming to think about more than a bit at a time! Putting our house on the market in the next couple of weeks. Not expecting that bit to go through smoothly at all. Does it ever?!