Travel Tips

Your Ultimate Guide To Travelling Overseas In 2022

By Anna May
6th Apr 2022

Borders are open, travel is upon us, leaves are greener, airports are stressful.

All of these things are true. So to keep you safe, excited, and without even a sprinkle of pre-travel anxiety, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular travel destinations for 2022 and everything you need to get there. 

Read on for your guide to travelling overseas in 2022.

Travel To New Zealand

The borders for our friendly neighbours opened recently, and many of us can’t wait to rediscover the rolling hills and wine country after so long away. Here’s what you need to know:

Vaccination requirement: You’ll need at least two doses to enter NZ, but if you’ve got children under 16, they’re exempt.

Mask requirement: Slap on your mask in public indoor venues, on public transport (including planes), in taxis or Ubers, or any medical or aged care facilities. Other than that, you’re golden.  

Quarantine: Nope, unless you’re unvaccinated. Then it’s either iso or quarantine before entry. 

Tests required: You’ll need proof of a negative PCR test 48 hours before flying, or a negative RAT 24 hours before flying. 

Documentation needed: Proof of vax. And your PCR or RAT results. 

Accepting working visas: Yep, as of 14 March 2022 on a rolling basis.

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to New Zealand.

Travel To Indonesia

Many of us have been busting to be ballers on a budget in Bali, or Indonesia’s other awesome destinations, for years, and now that you’re legally able to, here’s how to get there smoothly. 

Vaccination requirement: You’ll need at least two doses to enter. Kids under 12 don’t need to be vaccinated. 

Mask requirement: Keep it on both indoors and outdoors. 

Quarantine: They’ve scrapped mandatory quarantine, but you’ll need proof and confirmation of your hotel booking.

Tests required: You’ll need a printed negative PCR max. 48 hours before your flight. And on arrival, you’ll need to take a PCR and self-isolate at your hotel until you get a negative result. 

Documentation needed: Honestly, lots. Proof of vax, of course. You can purchase a visa on arrival for IDR $500,000 (about $45-50). Other than that, you’ll need to download Penduli Lindung app, Indonesia’s contact-tracing system, before departure and fill in your details. You also need to complete an eHAC and eCD. And valid travel insurance, don’t forget that.

Accepting working visas: Yes, but you need a guarantor in Indonesia. 
 
Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to Indonesia.

Travel To The UK/Europe

Oh yes, the UK/Europe trip is officially back upon us, and you better believe it’s going to be a busy time in the land of tea and crumpets. There’s very little to know before travelling, but here’s the rub:

Vaccination requirement: Minimum two doses required for anyone over 18. You’ll need a booster, and proof of it, if it’s been nine months since your second dose. 

Mask requirement: There are no requirements in public spaces, but do what feels right for you. 

Quarantine: None, go free. 

Tests required: Nothing. 

Documentation needed: Still nothing. But you’ll need proof of vax to leave Aus. 

Accepting working visas: Yep, go do your expat thing. 

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to the UK (and the rest of Europe for that matter). Also, pickled onion Monster Munch is the best UK supermarket snack around. 

Travel To Mainland USA

The times they are a-getting back to usual, so make sure you’ve got everything in order before you jet off to the land of the free and the home of the brave (and their absurdly large supermarkets). 

Vaccination requirement: Two doses for everyone over 18, please.

Mask requirement: It depends on the state, so be sure to check, but you’ll need to wear a mask in healthcare facilities, on public transport, and in airports or bus terminals.

Quarantine: None.

Tests required: You’ll need proof of a negative PCR taken minimum 24 hours before your flight. 

Documentation needed: Your proof of vax. And your airline should provide an attestation (contract) that you’ve had a negative test and you’re fully vaccinated. You also need your ESTA

Accepting working visas: Aussies can only get a US visa through the green card lottery, which is up and running as usual. 

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to the USA.

Travel To Hawaii

Now that POG juice and sandy toes are within our reach, please respect the chilled humans and palm trees of Hawaii and follow the following rules. 

Vaccination requirement: Two doses, please.

Mask requirement: On planes, and in airports. That’s it.

Quarantine: None, go forth. 

Tests required: As usual, you’ll need proof of a negative PCR taken minimum 24 hours before your flight.

Documentation needed: Of course, proof of vax. Your airline should provide an attestation (contract) that you’ve had a negative test and you’re fully vaccinated. You also need your ESTA

Accepting working visas: Aussies can only get a US visa through the green card lottery, which is up and running as usual. 

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to Hawaii.

Travel To Canada

Kindest people alive, abundance of fried doughy goods, cheese-and-gravy-smothered chips, eye-wateringly beautiful nature? Yeah, get excited. Here’s what you need to do.

Vaccination requirement: You’ve got to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. 

Mask requirement: Always on planes and airports. And depending on the city, you may need to wear one in public. 

Quarantine: Nope, go forth. 

Tests required: As of April 1, you don’t need a proof of negative PCR, though your airline may still require one. You may be randomly selected for a test on arrival. 

Documentation needed: You’ll need proof of vax. Then download the ArriveCAN app and fill in the self-assessment before arrival. You’ll also need an eTA.

Accepting working visas: Yes.

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to Canada.

Travel To French Polynesia

If you’re keen to travel to Tahiti or one of French Polynesia’s other 100+ islands, here are the rules. Stick to them and you’ll be just dandy.

Vaccination requirement: You need to be fully vaccinated to enter. 

Mask requirement: Masks must be worn on public transport, in airports and on planes.

Quarantine: Only if you’re under 18 and unvaccinated.

Tests required: You’ll need proof of a negative PCR taken maximum 24 hours before your flight. 

Documentation needed: You’ll need proof of vax, and this health declaration form

Accepting working visas: Yes.

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to French Polynesia.

Travel To The Rest Of The South Pacific

Lucky enough to be hauling yourself over to Fiji or any of the other exquisite islands in the South Pacific? Nice one. Here’s what you need to know, then be on your merry way.

Vaccination requirement: You’ve got to be fully vaccinated, with proof. 

Mask requirement: Masks are mandatory in public and on public transport. 

Quarantine: You’ll need to stay at least 3 nights in a CFC (Care Fiji Commitment)-certified property (which is most of them). But don’t worry, you can enjoy the hotel and plenty of local tours and experiences. Then when you’ve had your negative RAT on day 2, you’re free to explore.

Tests required: Proof of a negative PCR no more than two days before your flight, then a RAT test on day two. 

Documentation needed: You’ll need proof of vax, health insurance, proof of pre-booked accommodation in a CFC-certified hotel, and you need to download the careFiji app for contact tracing.

Accepting working visas: Yes indeed.

Extra information: Head over here for your complete guide to the South Pacific.

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Image credit: Urban List, Eugene Quek, Tom Bixler, Lucas Davies, Vidar Nordli-Mathisen, Andrew Ruiz, Bruno Soares, Tomas Gonzalez de Rosenzweig, Jeremy Bezanger

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