Travel Briefings

Freely Travel Briefing: Issue No.3

This week as our government confirms the Pacific Islands as the probable next destination for a travel bubble. The first plane-loads of tourists have left the UK, prompting us to ask the experts where else might be on our itineraries soon! Plus, we find out if we’re eligible for the ridiculous travel prizes from Qantas.

The Pacific Islands have officially been tipped as the next phase in Australia’s travel bubble

Photo by: David Kirkland
Hopes are high that we’ll soon be trading our winter scarves for floral garlands!

At a travel event earlier this week, Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan announced that our government is in talks with New Zealand’s about expanding quarantine-free travel to the Pacific Islands – including Tahiti, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands. The plan hinges on a robust vaccination roll out, but given the raging success of New Zealand’s newly-opened bubble with the Cook Islands, hopes are high that we too will soon be trading our winter scarves for floral garlands!

Full piece by: Gerard Cockburn in The Australian

Dubai, Singapore, Vanuatu… where will Australia’s next travel bubble be?

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We asked the travel experts in our inner circle where might open its borders to Australians next

With the trans-Tasman bubble now in full swing, and our government in talks about the Pacific Islands, we asked the travel experts in our inner circle where might open its borders to Australians next. Will we be plunging into aquamarine waters in the shadow of a volcano in Vanuatu? Or eating congee at a roadside stall as we watch scores of grandmothers calmly do tai chi in the morning light somewhere in Southeast Asia?

Full piece by: Freelies

After a dismal winter in lockdown, British tourists have been unleashed on Portugal

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Residents of the UK are now able to travel to green-listed countries, among them Portugal, Israel and Gibraltar.

Not going to lie… we’re a teeny bit jealous that the first few plane-loads of holiday-making Brits have touched down in Portugal! After a winter of strict lockdown and a spring of gradual re-openings, but – surprise, surprise – lousy weather, residents of the UK are now able to travel to green-listed countries, among them Portugal, Israel and Gibraltar. “We just wanted to go anywhere that wasn’t London, basically,” explained holiday-maker Celeste Waite. Can’t say we blame her!

Full piece by Daniel Victor in The New York Times

Vaccinated? You could win unlimited economy-class travel for a year!

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Qantas will be rewarding passengers who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before flying.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has revealed his airline will be rewarding passengers who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before flying. "We're going to offer 10 mega-prizes,” he told Nine’s Today show on Monday morning, “at least one for each state and territory, where you will get for a year, for a family of four, unlimited economy class travel on the Qantas and Jetstar network." He explained that Qantas is trying its best to help with the vaccine rollout – a move that’s got most of us here at Freely keen to roll up our sleeves.

Full piece on 9news.com.au

AROUND THE WORLD

Ahead of schedule, a digital vaccination certificate became operational in seven EU countries on Tuesday: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland. Known as a digital green certificate, it keeps a record of whether people have recovered from COVID-19, tested negative within the last 72 hours or been fully vaccinated. Provided at least one of those criteria have been met, holders of the document can travel!
Also on Tuesday, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told colleagues that a trial allowing vaccinated Australians to travel overseas and return with less strict quarantine requirements could begin in just six weeks. We don’t want to be too speculative, but hey, it was in The Guardian! We’ll keep our eyes on this story and will bring you an update as soon as possible.
After a slow start to vaccinations, Spain administered a whopping 10 million COVID-19 jabs in May, meaning nearly 40% of its population has now received at least one shot. Perfect timing considering Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, one of the world’s top festivals, has just dropped a killer line-up for 2022 spread over a whopping 11 days. Lorde, Disclosure, Jamie XX and Massive Attack: we’re coming for you!

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