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Where Can I Travel Right Now? Everywhere You Can Go With an Australian Passport

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Borders are opening, people are dusting off their passports, and there seems to be one question on everyone’s mind. Where can I travel right now? While it’s true Australia is opening to the wider world, that doesn’t mean every country is accepting us, and there are varying rules for each country. This is where it gets tricky and complicated, so we’ve compiled a list of regions you can travel to now or in the near future.

Asia

Singapore

When can I travel? Singapore will be open to Australian residents from November 8, 2021. For more information on travel to Singapore click here.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, you can enter Singapore through the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) as a short-term visitor. You must apply before departure and meet various conditions. Travellers (excluding short term visitors) with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, can enter Singapore. You’ll also be able to transit through Singapore, from these countries.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to show your vaccination certificate to the ICA officer at immigration clearance, which will then be recognised electronically in their HealthHub or Trace Together apps.
Do I need to quarantine? No.

Thailand

When can I travel? Thailand opened its border with Australia on November 1, 2021.
Do I need a vaccine? To travel to Thailand, you must be vaccinated and apply for permission to enter via the Royal Thai Government’s online platform—Thailand Pass.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to display your vaccination certificate upon arrival. A valid health insurance policy for medical expenses including treatment relating to COVID-19, with a minimum cover of $US 50,000, is also required throughout the period of stay in Thailand.
Do I need to quarantine? Yes, foreigners are required to quarantine on arrival. The length of the quarantine period depends on the traveller’s vaccination status, port of departure and outcome of COVID-19 tests.

Japan

When can I travel? Japan is expected to open borders in early 2022.
Do I need a vaccine? The quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers has been reduced to 10 days. To be eligible, you must have received 2 doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine at least 14 days before travel. You must present proof of vaccination through the Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. To complete your quarantine, you’ll need to produce a negative COVID-19 (PCR or antigen) test on the tenth day. Japan’s suspension on the entry of non-resident foreign nationals remains in place.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate and undergo a further PCR or antigen test on your tenth day. You must not use any form of public transport (including taxis). Ask family or a friend to pick you up from the airport or pre-arrange private car services for pick-up from the airport.
Do I need to quarantine? Fully vaccinated travellers from Australia will be required to complete isolation/quarantine for 10 days. 

Indonesia

When can I travel? Indonesia is expected to open borders before Christmas.
Do I need a vaccine? To enter Indonesia you must show evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination completed at least 14 days before travel. This requirement also applies to children between the ages of 12-17. Travellers with a medical certificate confirming they are not fit to be vaccinated may be exempted. You must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken no more than 72 hours before travel. You’ll also need evidence of insurance coverage of at least $US 100,000 in case of requiring treatment for COVID-19.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate and undergo a further PCR or antigen test on your tenth day.
Do I need to quarantine? You’ll be required to undergo a further COVID-19 (PCR) test on arrival and quarantine at a designated hotel for 3 days. During quarantine, you must undergo a further COVID-19 (PCR) test and then await the result of that test in the designated hotel. If any of the tests are positive you will be required to be hospitalised at a designated COVID-19 referral hotel or hospital until your test results are negative.

UK

When can I travel? Australian’s can travel to the UK.
Do I need a vaccine? No, the UK is accepting unvaccinated travellers, although, if you are fully vaccinated you no longer need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before departure for the UK unless travelling from a ‘red’ list country.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? Yes, you will need to quarantine at home or the place you’re staying at for 10 days. You also need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight. You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

Americas

U.S.A

When can I travel? Australians can enter the United States of America.
Do I need a vaccine? No, you don’t need to be vaccinated, although starting December 6, 2021, all air passengers aged two and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before travel to the United States. Once international visitors arrive at their destination, individual state and local governments, as well as some businesses, may have their own health and safety guidelines regarding masks, social distancing, vaccination status, and more.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? The US accepts the Australian vaccination certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? There is no need to quarantine although, in some instances, you may be required to take a PCR test. Check US entry, transit and exit requirements. If you’re visiting for less than 90 days, you may be eligible for the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) and be able to enter under the Visa Waiver Program. US states have their own quarantine requirements for new arrivals from overseas and/or for domestic travel from other US states. Further information can be found on the websites of the individual states.

Argentina

When can I travel? Australians can enter Argentina.
Do I need a vaccine? No, you don’t need to be vaccinated, although you need to self-isolate for 7 days if you aren’t vaccinated. Non-resident foreigners who are not fully vaccinated can apply to enter Argentina on various grounds, including for business, sports or humanitarian reasons. You need to fill out a statutory declaration 48 hours before travelling. As part of the declaration, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding, valid travel/medical insurance covering COVID-19 and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate (if applicable).
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? Argentina accepts the Australian vaccination certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? Travellers who are not fully vaccinated at the time of arrival will need to self-isolate for at least 7 days from arrival until they receive a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken on the final day of self-isolation.

Chile

When can I travel? You can enter Chile if you’re a Chilean national, a resident foreign national, or a non-resident foreign national with a valid Chilean Mobility Pass ‘Pase de
Do I need a vaccine? No, you don’t need to be vaccinated, although you need to self-isolate for 7 days if you aren’t vaccinated. Non-resident foreigners who are not fully vaccinated can apply to enter Argentina on various grounds, including for business, sports or humanitarian reasons. You need to fill out a statutory declaration 48 hours before travelling. As part of the declaration, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding, valid travel/medical insurance covering COVID-19 and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? Before boarding the flight you must present an International Health Passport/Affidavit.
Do I need to quarantine? You must complete mandatory quarantine on arrival in Chile If you have a Mobility pass it’s five days if you don’t have a Mobility Pass it’s for seven days. This is mandatory, even if you arrive with proof of vaccination for COVID-19.

Europe

Spain

When can I travel? Australian’s can travel to Spain provided they complete an online Health Control Form 48 hours prior to travel.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, a vaccination certificate will need to be presented at bored control stating you have completed the full course of vaccination using a World Health Organization approved vaccine. A negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result taken within 48 hours is also needed before you travel.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? No.

Italy

When can I travel? Australian’s can travel to Italy right now, although you may be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken 48 to 72 hours before arriving, depending on where you are travelling from, and a COVID-19 test at the end of self-isolation if you have to self-isolate. Australia is considered List D, so you don’t have to quarantine, but need to take a PCR test 72 hours before landing and present your vaccination certificate.
Do I need a vaccine? No, you don’t need to be vaccinated to enter Italy, although unvaccinated travellers are required to self-isolate for five days and provide a negative test on the fifth day.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? Not if you’re vaccinated.

Portugal

When can I travel? Australians are currently permitted to enter and depart Portugal by air.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, you need to provide a vaccination certificate prior to and on arrival. You will also need to provide a negative PCR or TRAg test if you’re 12 years or older.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate accessible on your phone.
Do I need to quarantine? Some regions of Spain require quarantine such as Madeira and Azores.

Croatia

When can I travel? Australians can enter Croatia if they’re travelling for pre-booked tourism or compelling personal, family or business reasons. Proof is required.
Do I need a vaccine? You must show a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken in the 72 hours before arrival or a rapid antigen test taken in the 48 hours before arrival. If you have a test in Croatia you’ll remain in self-isolation until you receive a negative result. Authorities will also accept a vaccination certificate or proof you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate accessible on your phone.
Do I need to quarantine? Yes, until you receive a negative result.

Austria

When can I travel? Australians can enter Austria without needing to quarantine, although currently there are no/limited flights to this country.
Do I need a vaccine? You must be vaccinated.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate accessible on your phone.
Do I need to quarantine? No.

Germany

When can I travel? Australians can enter Germany.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, you must be vaccinated to enter Germany from Australia.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate accessible on your phone and provide a negative COVID-19 test. Germany accepts the EU Digital COVID Certificate or comparable proof of vaccination in digital or paper form (e.g WHO vaccination booklet) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.
Do I need to quarantine? You may be required to quarantine on arrival unless you fall into one of the exception categories after submitting proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.

Pacific

Fiji

When can I travel? Australians can enter Fiji from December 1, 2021.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, you must be vaccinated to enter Fiji from Australia. Find out more here.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? You will need to present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate accessible on your phone. The Fiji government requires that all travellers must have medical travel insurance, with international coverage for COVID-19, before arriving in Fiji.
Do I need to quarantine? Currently, you must enter a Fiji Managed Quarantine facility on arrival, at your cost. Quarantine is for 7 days if you’re coming from a Travel Partner Country (including Australia) or 10 days if from a non-Travel Partner Country.

New Zealand

When can I travel? Australians can enter New Zealand right now.
Do I need a vaccine? Yes, you must be vaccinated to enter New Zealand from Australia.
How do I prove I’m vaccinated? Simply present your Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.
Do I need to quarantine? From 14 November, if you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the managed isolation period to travel to New Zealand outside the travel zone arrangements, will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days, followed by isolation at home until the result of a day 9 test has been received. You may be required to contribute to the cost of your stay.

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Ditch your Phone for ‘Dome Life’ in this Pastoral Paradise Outside Port Macquarie 

A responsible, sustainable travel choice for escaping big city life for a few days.

nature domes port macquarie
Photo: Nature Domes

The urge to get as far away as possible from the incessant noise and pressures of ‘big city life’ has witnessed increasingly more of us turn to off-grid adventures for our holidays: Booking.com polled travellers at the start of 2023 and 55% of us wanted to spend our holidays ‘off-grid’.  Achieving total disconnection from the unyielding demands of our digitised lives via some kind of off-grid nature time—soft or adventurous—is positioned not only as a holiday but, indeed, a necessity for our mental health. 

Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, an accommodation collection of geodesic domes dotted across a lush rural property in Greater Port Macquarie (a few hours’ drive from Sydney, NSW), offers a travel experience that is truly ‘off-grid’. In the figurative ‘wellness travel’ sense of the word, and literally, they run on their own independent power supply—bolstered by solar—and rely not on the town grid. 

Ten minutes before you arrive at the gates for a stay at Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, your phone goes into ‘SOS ONLY’. Apple Maps gives up, and you’re pushed out of your comfort zone, driving down unsealed roads in the dark, dodging dozens of dozing cows. Then, you must ditch your car altogether and hoist yourself into an open-air, all-terrain 4WD with gargantuan wheels. It’s great fun being driven through muddy gullies in this buggy; you feel like Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park.  As your buggy pulls in front of your personal Nature Dome, it’s not far off that “Welcome…to Jurassic Park” jaw-dropping moment—your futuristic-looking home is completely engulfed by thriving native bushland; beyond the outdoor campfire lie expansive hills and valleys of green farmland, dotted with sheep and trees. You’re almost waiting to see a roaming brachiosaurus glide past, munching on a towering gum tree…instead, a few inquisitive llamas trot past your Dome to check out their new visitor. 

To fully capture the awe of inhabiting a geodesic dome for a few days, a little history of these futuristic-looking spherical structures helps. Consisting of interlocking triangular skeletal struts supported by (often transparent) light walls, geodesic domes were developed in the 20th century by American engineer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller, and were used for arenas. Smaller incarnations have evolved into a ‘future-proof’ form of modern housing: domes are able to withstand harsh elements due to the stability provided by the durable materials of their construction and their large surface area to volume ratio (which helps minimize wind impact and prevents the structure from collapsing). As housing, they’re also hugely energy efficient – their curved shape helps to conserve heat and reduce energy costs, making them less susceptible to temperature changes outside. The ample light let in by their panels further reduces the need for artificial power. 

Due to their low environmental impact, they’re an ideal sustainable travel choice. Of course, Tom’s Creek Nature Domes’ owner-operators, Cardia and Lee Forsyth, know all this, which is why they have set up their one-of-a-kind Nature Domes experience for the modern traveller. It’s also no surprise to learn that owner Lee is an electrical engineer—experienced in renewable energy—and that he designed the whole set-up. As well as the off-grid power supply, rainwater tanks are used, and the outdoor hot tub is heated by a wood fire—your campfire heats up your tub water via a large metal coil. Like most places in regional Australia, the nights get cold – but rather than blast a heater, the Domes provide you with hot water bottles, warm blankets, lush robes and heavy curtains to ward off the chill.

nature domes port macquarie
Photo: Nature Domes

You’ll need to be self-sufficient during your stay at the Domes, bringing your own food. Support local businesses and stock up in the town of Wauchope on your drive-in (and grab some pastries and coffee at Baked Culture while you’re at it). There’s a stovetop, fridge (stocked as per a mini bar), BBQs, lanterns and mozzie coils, and you can even order DIY S’More packs for fireside fun. The interiors of the Domes have a cosy, stylish fit-out, with a modern bathroom (and a proper flushing toilet—none of that drop bush toilet stuff). As there’s no mobile reception, pack a good book or make the most of treasures that lie waiting to be discovered at every turn: a bed chest full of board games, a cupboard crammed with retro DVDs, a stargazing telescope (the skies are ablaze come night time). Many of these activities are ideal for couples, but there’s plenty on offer for solo travellers, such as yoga mats, locally-made face masks and bath bombs for hot tub soaks. 

It’s these thoughtful human touches that reinforce the benefit of making a responsible travel choice by booking local and giving your money to a tourism operator in the Greater Port Macquarie Region, such as Tom’s Creek Nature Domes. The owners are still working on the property following the setbacks of COVID-19, and flooding in the region —a new series of Domes designed with families and groups in mind is under construction, along with an open-air, barn-style dining hall and garden stage. Once ready, the venue will be ideal for wedding celebrations, with wedding parties able to book out the property. They’ve already got one couple—who honeymooned at the Domes—ready and waiting. Just need to train up the llamas for ring-bearer duties! 

An abundance of favourite moments come to mind from my two-night stay at Tom’s Creek: sipping champagne and gourmet picnicking at the top of a hill on a giant swing under a tree, with a bird’s eye view of the entire property (the ‘Mountain Top picnic’ is a must-do activity add on during your stay), lying on a deckchair at night wrapped in a blanket gazing up at starry constellations and eating hot melted marshmallows, to revelling in the joys of travellers before me, scrawled on notes in a jar of wishes left by the telescope (you’re encouraged to write your own to add to the jar). But I’ll leave you with a gratitude journal entry I made while staying there. I will preface this by saying that I don’t actually keep a gratitude journal, but Tom’s Creek Nature Domes is just the kind of place that makes you want to start one. And so, waking up on my second morning at Tom’s —lacking any 4G bars to facilitate my bad habit of a morning Instagram scroll—I finally opened up a notebook and made my first journal entry:

‘I am grateful to wake up after a deep sleep and breathe in the biggest breaths of this clean air, purified by nature and scented with eucalyptus and rain. I am grateful for this steaming hot coffee brewed on a fire. I feel accomplished at having made myself. I am grateful for the skittish sheep that made me laugh as I enjoyed a long nature walk at dawn and the animated billy goats and friendly llamas overlooking my shoulder as I write this: agreeable company for any solo traveller. I’m grateful for total peace, absolute stillness.” 

Off-grid holiday status: unlocked.

Where: Tom’s Creek Nature Domes, Port Macquarie, 2001 Toms Creek Rd
Price: $450 per night, book at the Natura Domes website.

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