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Here’s what will happen when the overseas travel ban is lifted on Monday, and everywhere Aussies will be allowed to go

The countdown is on for Australia’s big reopening, and we’ve got all the latest updates from the Health Minister, DFAT and just about everyone else right here.

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Tourism

DFAT establishes hardship fund for Aussies trapped overseas

Are any of your clients still stuck overseas? This could help relieve some of their (and your) stress.

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Aviation

International arrivals capped at Sydney Airport due to “pressure” on city quarantine facilities

by Christian Fleetwood

Got a client who’s hoping to get back home to Sydney from overseas in the coming weeks? They may need to hit pause on those plans.

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Tourism

Australia’s international travel ban extended to mid-September

The federal government has ever so quietly extended the international travel ban for Aussies by a further three months, but an exemption will be made for the trans-Tasman ‘bubble’.

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Travel Agents

STUDY: Growing safety concerns among Aussie travellers an opportunity for travel agents

Travel agents have an opportunity to promote lesser-known destinations where people can still maintain a sense of safety, according to this new report.

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Destinations

STUDY: World’s riskiest destinations top most Aussie travellers’ wish lists

Australians are prepared to accept the risk and bypass Smartraveller ratings, according to this alarming new research.

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Technology

DFAT to give Smartraveller a major facelift

by Christian Fleetwood

The federal government’s travel advice and consular information service is set to receive a major upgrade, including improvements to travel updates.

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Destinations

Business as usual in Bali, as tourism body hoses down panic over proposed sex ban

by Christian Fleetwood

Does the Indonesian government’s proposed ban on extramarital sex have you worried? Breathe a small sigh of relief with this.

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Destinations

Indonesia postpones plans to criminalise extramarital sex, as Aussie government updates travel advice

by Christian Fleetwood

The Australian government has warned travellers could face punishment for extramarital sex if controversial changes to Indonesia’s criminal code are enforced.

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Aviation

British Airways suspends flights to Cairo

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated its travel advice to Egypt in line with this move by the UK airline.

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Destinations

News

Australian tour guide missing in North Korea

A North Korean-based tour guide and student has been reported missing by his family and friends. DFAT is currently investigating the circumstances of his disappearance.

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Destinations

Same-sex couple allegedly told by Smartraveller to “act heterosexual” ahead of Brunei stop-over

by Christian Fleetwood

Proving that Brunei’s strict new laws are the talk of the travel sector comes these fresh allegations.

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