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Australians may soon be able to vacation in Bali again as talks about a travel bubble with Indonesia continue.
In a live Facebook interview from the hotel quarantine on Monday, Tourism Minister Dan Tehan told the Herald Sun that the Australian and Indonesian governments are discussing possible travel dates.
âThe Australian and Indonesian governments are keen to see what we can do with regard to Bali,â said Mr. Tehan.
“It is obviously an incredibly popular destination for Australians in particular, and tourism is such an important part of the Balinese economy, so we will continue to have discussions.”
Although only 24.5% of Indonesia’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid, according to Our World In Data and Reuters, Mr Tehan said the situation in Bali was improving.
Massive demand for air travel was sparked by news that Australia’s international border would open on November 1 in New South Wales.
Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was on the verge of reaching a no-quarantine travel deal with Singapore.
Mr Morrison said the federal government was in the final stages of an agreement with Singapore to replicate two-way travel without restrictions similar to New Zealand’s.
“We expect this can be achieved by next week, as we will open up to more visa class holders from Singapore,” he told reporters outside the airport in Singapore. Sydney.
The prime minister also said vaccinated parents of citizens and permanent residents are now allowed to apply for travel exemptions.
Following the announcements, Jetstar and Qantas revealed that they are get ahead of planned international flights to and from Sydney.
Mr Tehan said the progress made in opening Australia’s borders was “excellent news”.
âThere was the good news on Friday that the Prime Minister announced with Singapore (flights) in the next two weeks and I hope that Japan, South Korea and potentially Bali will be the next steps in this direction,â he said. he declared to the Sun Herald.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said last week he hoped flights to Bali could resume before Christmas if the Indonesian government drops its quarantine requirements.
“It will be at the start of the new year at the latest, I think, and we have planes ready to go,” he said.
Bali reopened to foreign tourists on Thursday after an 18-month pandemic hiatus, but the island is missing a crucial ingredient: international flights.
Australians could see another benefit of pre-Christmas travel with cruise ships expected to be back in the water soon, reports the Herald Sun.
New travel dates in Qantas
Flights from New York and London to begin November 1, while flights to destinations such as Singapore, Fiji and Johannesburg have been advanced.
Qantas’ new route between Sydney and New Delhi will launch on December 6 with three flights per week.
Flights from Sydney to Singapore will resume on November 23, four weeks ahead of schedule, operating three days a week before switching to every day before Christmas.
From Sydney to Fiji will be brought forward to December 7 for four flights per week.
Qantas will fly from Sydney to Johannesburg three times a week starting January 5, three months ahead of schedule.
From January 14, the airline will resume service from Sydney to Bangkok more than two months earlier than planned, while Jetstar flights to Phuket will begin on January 12.
Flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo and New Zealand are still scheduled to start from mid-December 2021.
All travelers will need to be fully vaccinated and will need to test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of departure.
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