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1 hour ago, Heading4Tassie said:

Think you made the right decision @sydneygal to just go in time to meet your husband's visa initial entry date. I was due to be travelling in April to validate my 100 visa (2nd time flights were booked) but flights were cancelled. Initial entry date was 1 June and I did not make it to validate the visa as so few flights so I will have to deal with DHA again to apply for permission to travel when we book flights again. We were planning to move next month permanently anyway but just wanted to get it validated before the initial entry date. Now we are delaying again as its so difficult when you are also trying to ship your fur baby at the same time at present especially since our quarantine is presently longer than the dog's! I definitely feel nervous about putting plans in place before getting the go ahead I can actually still use my visa my agent has advised it should be fine in timescale we are looking at Oct/Nov. (fingers crossed)

This is what we are afraid of, missing the initial entry date because flights are being cancelled at last minute, according to some posters on here.  I also have recently contacted Emirates and they said they can cancel flights at the last minute, so check 3 days before flight if not heard anything.  Surely this would be a problem for employers to actually allow changes of dates for an employee to have time off?  As i have already mentioned on previous posts, my other half doesn't get to choose his holiday dates in his job, they are given to him, so if he was to book a flight to validate and it was cancelled at last minute, he wouldnt be able to change his holiday period, so we are extremely worried about him getting over to Oz, the time off he has been allocated is in December, so he is very restricted.  Feels like nothing is going our way atm!!!😭😭😭

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1 hour ago, Aussiebird said:

This is what we are afraid of, missing the initial entry date because flights are being cancelled at last minute, according to some posters on here.  I also have recently contacted Emirates and they said they can cancel flights at the last minute, so check 3 days before flight if not heard anything.  Surely this would be a problem for employers to actually allow changes of dates for an employee to have time off?  As i have already mentioned on previous posts, my other half doesn't get to choose his holiday dates in his job, they are given to him, so if he was to book a flight to validate and it was cancelled at last minute, he wouldnt be able to change his holiday period, so we are extremely worried about him getting over to Oz, the time off he has been allocated is in December, so he is very restricted.  Feels like nothing is going our way atm!!!😭😭😭

I know it does feel a bit like a Herculean ordeal atm but I just keep telling myself one day we will look back on our trials and tribulations in selling a house and relocating ourselves, possessions and fur baby to the otherside of the world during a global pandemic and laugh about it 😂

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5 hours ago, Aussiebird said:

This is what we are afraid of, missing the initial entry date because flights are being cancelled at last minute, according to some posters on here.  I also have recently contacted Emirates and they said they can cancel flights at the last minute, so check 3 days before flight if not heard anything.  Surely this would be a problem for employers to actually allow changes of dates for an employee to have time off? 

Flights were always likely to be cancelled at the last minute, even before Covid, so of course Qatar would say that.   I've had it happen to me - the most memorable was when the flight was cancelled after I'd arrived at the airport (engine trouble).   The only difference now is that flights are less frequent, so if  a flight is cancelled, there are fewer alternative flights they can transfer you to. 

As I said before - book a flight to Sydney, because Qatar has a few flights to Sydney every day.  If one is cancelled then he will be transferred to the next available one, so it won't disrupt anything.   If he has to stay in quarantine, he won't be allowed to see family anyway.   He's going for the activation and that's your priority.

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Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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7 hours ago, Heading4Tassie said:

Think you made the right decision @sydneygal to just go in time to meet your husband's visa initial entry date. I was due to be travelling in April to validate my 100 visa (2nd time flights were booked) but flights were cancelled. Initial entry date was 1 June and I did not make it to validate the visa as so few flights so I will have to deal with DHA again to apply for permission to travel when we book flights again. We were planning to move next month permanently anyway but just wanted to get it validated before the initial entry date. Now we are delaying again as its so difficult when you are also trying to ship your fur baby at the same time at present especially since our quarantine is presently longer than the dog's! I definitely feel nervous about putting plans in place before getting the go ahead I can actually still use my visa my agent has advised it should be fine in timescale we are looking at Oct/Nov. (fingers crossed)

Beware of the dog with changing rules - I appreciate you are now not travelling for a few months but currently there are major problems getting dogs (and other pets) into Australia as they have to be imported through Melbourne, which is currently not accepting international passenger flights. 

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8 hours ago, Marisawright said:

Flights were always likely to be cancelled at the last minute, even before Covid, so of course Qatar would say that.   I've had it happen to me - the most memorable was when the flight was cancelled after I'd arrived at the airport (engine trouble).   The only difference now is that flights are less frequent, so if  a flight is cancelled, there are fewer alternative flights they can transfer you to. 

As I said before - book a flight to Sydney, because Qatar has a few flights to Sydney every day.  If one is cancelled then he will be transferred to the next available one, so it won't disrupt anything.   If he has to stay in quarantine, he won't be allowed to see family anyway.   He's going for the activation and that's your priority.

Oh yes I see what you mean! That makes perfect sense,  i will speak to him later about it. If we do manage to sell our house soon, then it wont be a problem, because work wont be the issue once he has left the job. 😁😁😁

Is Sydney one of the places where he would have to pay for quarantine? It's just so he is aware and has the money to do so before he books a flight. 

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1 hour ago, Aussiebird said:

Oh yes I see what you mean! That makes perfect sense,  i will speak to him later about it. If we do manage to sell our house soon, then it wont be a problem, because work wont be the issue once he has left the job. 😁😁😁

Is Sydney one of the places where he would have to pay for quarantine? It's just so he is aware and has the money to do so before he books a flight. 

I think if he’s not flying till Christmas they will all be charging by then


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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10 hours ago, Nemesis said:

Beware of the dog with changing rules - I appreciate you are now not travelling for a few months but currently there are major problems getting dogs (and other pets) into Australia as they have to be imported through Melbourne, which is currently not accepting international passenger flights. 

Thanks for the advice Nemesis the fur baby is the reason we keep moving the dates tbh. If it was just us we would bite the bullet and just take what comes as the borders open and close but with the dog it is a totally different story and whole set of things to factor in.

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