This week, we received the glorious news that a long-awaited travel bubble with New Zealand would finally come to fruition. And not 24 hours on from the announcement, travel interest for New Zealand spiked as much as 1770%, according to new data from Wotif.
Feeling hopeful about the future of travel, and with the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out around the country, itchy-footed Aussies can’t help but wonder where they’ll go next. And while no official deals have been struck with other countries as of yet, experts have a few ideas as to which borders will open to Australian travellers first and vice versa.
Predicted to be the first country after New Zealand to welcome Australian travellers, Singapore is reportedly looking to lift restrictions to Australian passport holders by as early as July. It’s not confirmed whether we’d need full vaccines doses at this point, however travellers to Singapore would require testing on arrival and would need to have purchased COVID-19 travel insurance.
We had hoped Japan would open borders before the 2021 Olympics, however it was recently announced that no foreign spectators would be able to attend. But all hope is not lost, because a travel bubble with Japan could still become a reality before the end of the year. Japan is currently experiencing another wave of infections, but a vaccine rollout is underway to jab the nation’s 126 million people.
The South Pacific and in particular Fiji could be the next priority for a travel bubble. Fiji’s tourism industry has suffered as a result of border closures, despite the fact the country had an incredible response to the virus, with only 67 cases and two deaths. Likely vaccinated Australians will be able to enjoy the bula bubble in due course.
Thailand had a commendable response to the virus, with 29,321 cases and 95 deaths. The nation is gearing up to welcome back travellers, and it’s said to be considering bubbles with other low-infection countries, including Australia. Right now, Thailind is allowing visitors but quarantine is required. At least people can carry out their mandatory 14 days on a yacht!