Q: We want to go to Europe next July, but we are worried about the different tests and paperwork. What is the best way to make sure we don’t get caught out with the wrong documentation? — George, Cronulla

Everyone seems to be waiting for another week until the 1st of November to see how things go before booking domestic, especially into Queensland and Western Australia.

This is quite different to international bookings – we’ve got people off to Europe from this week and a lot of bookings for next year.

Make sure your passport is up to date, that you’re double vaccinated and that you have the right documentation for each destination.

We also expect to see requirements change quite significantly between now and mid 2022 and that’s why we have our clients checking in with us regularly so that everything that needs to be in place, is sorted.

You should also budget for regular COVID testing at up to $200 per person.

Q: We have planned a family Christmas in Cairns for 12 of us. Should we cancel to make sure we don’t get caught by border closures or quarantine? — Paul, Warrnambool

We would love to be sending clients to Queensland for Christmas but, especially now, you need to read the fine print. Even though the Queensland government is saying they will be open from the 17th of December, if you haven’t had your second COVID-19 vaccination by December 3, you will still have to quarantine for 14 days.

Make sure you really understand the terms and conditions of your booking, including when and if you can cancel for a refund and what the deadline is. If you need to pay a little more for that flexibility, do it.

Elizabeth Ellis, Travel Manager at Cherrybrook Travel, a boutique tavel agency in Sydney. Visit cherrybrooktravel.com.au 

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