International travel updates: Latest changes for Singapore, Fiji and Thailand

Posted: 1 March 2022 9:58 am
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In case you missed it, travelling to these countries has become a little easier.

As countries around the world relax their COVID-19 restrictions we're keeping you updated monthly with travel changes you need to know about.

1. Singapore

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What's changed?

Since 22 February Singapore has started to ease some of its travel restrictions making it easier to travel to (and via) the island nation.

You'll no longer need to take a PCR test and isolate upon arrival at Changi Airport. Visitors via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme will just need to take a supervised rapid antigen self-swab at a testing centre within 24 hours of arrival. You also won't need a pre-departure test.

Things to do while you're there:

See our guide to travelling to Singapore from Australia.

2. Fiji

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What's changed?

Since 9 February travelling to Fiji is easier. Instead of a PCR test, Australians now just need a negative rapid antigen test within 24 hours prior to their departure.

The country has also lifted its curfew and all venues are operating between 80% to full capacity.

Things to do while you're there:

See our guide to travelling to Fiji from Australia.

3. Thailand

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What's changed?

From 1 March Thailand is reducing some of the testing requirements for travellers entering via its “Test and Go” program.

You’ll no longer have to take a PCR test on day 5 of your stay. Instead, you can take a rapid antigen test.

Things to do while you're there:

  • Tour Bangkok's Grand Palace. Built in 1783, Bangkok palace once served as the royal court for the Thai kings. Today you can visit and marvel at the intricate golden spires and learn about its history.
  • Hop between Thailand's eastern islands. Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are waiting for you. You'll be swimming and snorkelling during the day and partying it up at night.
  • Visit the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. The Phuket sanctuary is home to rescued elephants who are free to roam 30 acres of tropical land. You'll see the beautiful creatures at feeding time and then follow them from afar to see how they spend their day.

See our guide to travelling to Thailand from Australia.

4. France

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What's changed?

Since 12 February, France has removed all requirements to take a COVID-19 test to enter. So long as you're vaccinated it's one less step to getting to adventures in Paris and beyond.

Things to do while you're there:

  • Delve deep with a tour of the country. There's no better way to visit France than by experiencing a bit of everything. Start your trip in Paris before making your way to wine country, the Riviera and French Alps in quick succession. You'll even stop over in Monaco on your 2-week trip.
  • See Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tour. This one is a must but did you know it's best to book ahead of time? You don't want to be left to stand around in the long lines.
  • Explore the Palace of Versailles. The former home of Louis XIV, this palace is well worth a visit. You'll explore the gardens and some of the 700 rooms.

See our guide to travelling to France from Australia.

5. Morocco

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What's changed?

Since 7 February Morocco has lifted its international travel ban, reopening to fully vaccinated foreign travellers.

To enter you’ll need to present a completed Passenger Health Form, show proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before your departure.

You’ll also need to take a rapid antigen test on arrival.

Things to do while you're there:

  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains. See Morocco from up high with a hot-air balloon ride from Marrakesh. After your dawn flight, enjoy a Berber breakfast and camel ride.
  • Ride quad bikes in the desert. Discover the palm oasis Palmeraie on the back of your own 4x4 quad bike. Travel along the dunes and rivers for a thrill with an experienced guide leading the way.
  • Tour the Sahara Desert. Make the trip between Marrakesh and Fes via car and camel. Spend a night under the stars at your Sahara Desert camp before arriving in Fes.

Other updates

  • Canada. Travellers entering the Great White North are now randomly selected for screening, and given the option to provide a negative rapid antigen test result (received within 24 hours of departure) instead of a negative PCR test result (received within 72 hours).
  • United Arab Emirates. Travelling to Dubai? You'll no longer need a negative PCR test result to enter if you're fully vaccinated. You'll just need proof of your vaccination status.
  • Israel. From today, all foreign travellers (vaccinated or otherwise) are allowed to enter Israel. You will need to submit 2 COVID-19 tests (a pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours and a PCR on arrival). You'll need to self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

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