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8 hours ago, LB93 said:

 

Where did you find this information? We are traveling with a 4 month old baby next week (if the flight even happens) and cant find out information if he needs tested or not. It was my understanding children under 12 don't need tested? Theres so much information out there that says all different stuff, cant find a definitive answer lol 

 

I've just found that statement at this link: https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-statement-on-safe-air-travel-enhancing-end-to-end-mitigations-international#:~:text=Passenger pre-departure testing,PCR testing is required.

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55 minutes ago, bicek said:

Ok thanks. I can see Heathrow has a drive through test centre for PCR but quite a hassle to go down there a couple of days before and then again for the flights! We are not local to that area at all. 

I am wondering if there will be any flex on the need for a test if we manage to have the vaccine by the time we get to flying, it is quite a few months away. But the kids will need the PCR test I suspect either way. It's so hard to know what the protocols will be in a few weeks let alone months. Will just have to keep an eye on how it develops. 

I hope you get on ok with your tests and flights - are you travelling soon?

There was a press conference recently and the Chief Health Officer of Australia (I think, could have been the health minister) discussed vaccinations more generally. They stated that there was currently no evidence that the vaccine prevents transmission to other people and there would therefore be no change to current Covid-safe practices until over 80% of the Australian population is vaccinated. The vaccine doesnt prevent infection, it significantly reduces the impact on individuals when they do get infected and transmission while infected may still happen (even when vaccinated). Given this, and the comments by the CHO, I would guess that there will be zero flexibility in the requirement for PCR tests prior to flying. 


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8 hours ago, bicek said:

I'd be keen to know this too, we will have 3 kids under the age of 12! I think the age restriction varies depending on the country, but can't find anywhere that states the specifics for entry into Australia. I'll keep looking...

I managed to get in touch with Qatar and they have stated that infants and children under the age of 12 don't need a covid test as long as everyone in the travel party has tested negative, hopefully that sheds a bit of light on the situation for others. We are due to fly out next Tuesday but who knows what will happen lol. Its annoying though because we have to book our PCR test but they could cancel our flight at any moment so could potentially loose out on the test money. 

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On 12/01/2021 at 00:19, MacGyver said:

There was a press conference recently and the Chief Health Officer of Australia (I think, could have been the health minister) discussed vaccinations more generally. They stated that there was currently no evidence that the vaccine prevents transmission to other people and there would therefore be no change to current Covid-safe practices until over 80% of the Australian population is vaccinated. The vaccine doesnt prevent infection, it significantly reduces the impact on individuals when they do get infected and transmission while infected may still happen (even when vaccinated). Given this, and the comments by the CHO, I would guess that there will be zero flexibility in the requirement for PCR tests prior to flying. 

I tend to agree with you, that makes sense to me.I'm glad they're taking that stance to be honest. Thanks for the info on the press conference, that's very indicative.

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On 12/01/2021 at 08:09, LB93 said:

I managed to get in touch with Qatar and they have stated that infants and children under the age of 12 don't need a covid test as long as everyone in the travel party has tested negative, hopefully that sheds a bit of light on the situation for others. We are due to fly out next Tuesday but who knows what will happen lol. Its annoying though because we have to book our PCR test but they could cancel our flight at any moment so could potentially loose out on the test money. 

Oh ok, thanks for that. Useful to know re the under 12s. Is this rule a blanket rule for entering Australia? And not specific to the Qatar airline, I assume?

I really hope your flight goes ahead ok, and the testing goes according to plan. 

I can see Singapore Airlines are not allowing any flights from the UK to Australia at the moment, but hoping they will change this at some point as we were keen to fly with them as first choice!

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The process on Perth airport (roughly, maybe weong order od things):

Everyone from 1 flight gets in line, gets a new mask, sanitise hands. They measure temperature and ask you some health questions.

Then passport check as usual.

Get your baggage.

Interview with police and/or show your G2G pass (I think this is WA specific).

Baggage check.

Get assigned a seat until everyone in your flight is on a seat. Then in groups you walk (with your baggage on a trolley) to the bus. Chuck your baggage in there and have a seat. When everyone is in the bus, the next group will walk to the next bus. i hated this part. Because I was in the first bus, had to wait for 45 minutes somehow before the second bus was filled. It was 36 degrees outside and I was sitting in the sun. No aircon could cool me down enough.

When all buses are ready, it's escorted to the hotel by police. At the hotel you get off the bbu, walk into the hotel. Check in and you walk to your room. Which is your home for the next 2 weeks.

You get C19 tested within 48 hours and on day 12. Nurse calls you a few times a week. Food is put in a bag in front of your room and you can leave the bag with waste when you are done. You cam have groceries delivered (coles.com.au or whoolworths.com.au).

Exactly 2 weeks after landing (if you land at 2.32pm you can leave at 2.32pm) you can go.

 

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Lived in Perth for 18 months. Pingponging back in Juli '15!

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