• Home Affairs has changed the wording on its website from when this article was first published. For those who spend time overseas there is a general exemption "if you are ordinarily a resident in a country other than Australia" and ...You are considered ordinarily resident in a country other than...

  • I got approval without having flights booked. (Obviously I was waiting for approval before I forked out for the flights.) I nominated my intended flight number and date. As it turns out approval came too late for that flight so I booked and caught the next one a few days later.

  • When we left at the airport there was no discussion of the reason. We were sat on a bench about 10 metres away from the desk while they did their checks and signed a form. We were then told we were good to go. That's it.

  • The Home Affairs website now says you must have been outside the country for the majority of the last 12 to 24 months. That makes it much more confusing. What's wrong with a simple clear-cut rule?

  • If they make it user pays there can be no excuse for not reopening the border.However I would much prefer a strict, enforced home quarantine system with harsh penalties for any breaches.And I concur with those who emphasise that most travellers now are away on compassionate reasons. I'm sure nobo...

  • In the early days when there was minimal community transmission and most cases were from incoming passengers strict quarantine served Australia well. Its benefit outweighed its cost (financial, emotional, psychological, Etc)However now there is high rates of community transmission (particularly i...

  • My experiences have been with Air China in business class. The worst part is long layovers in Beijing (PEK). Their product is mostly good, food is ok, IFE is poor, PEK lounges are a bit below par but by no means “terrible”.Their FA’s really try hard. They aren’t as polishe...

  • If you can get to a t mobile store they have a $30 USD plus taxes tourist sim. 3 weeks unlimited calls messages etc plus 2 GB high speed data then unlimited slooow data. You can’t extend the plan. At the end throw away the sim and get another. There are some slightly cheaper plans elsewhere...