As Australia gets back to business in the new normal and the world keeps turning, many of our clients are asking about the feasibility of business travel. Practically, we can provide the following tips to get you started:
- Check for your point of original departure rules. If you are trying to leave Australia, you need a travel exemption approved by the Australian Border Force. These may not be easy to get…we’ve seen those with US work visas denied in hours, before more evidence was supplied for approval. PwC’s immigration team can help you if you need support with travel exemptions.
- Check your first (and final) point of arrival rules. Do you have to quarantine on arrival in your first city? State? Country? If you are not flying direct, will you have issues transiting? If you are transiting through Australia, you may still need to go to mandatory quarantine if your transit time is more than 8 hours. If you do have to quarantine, who pays for it and do you need to test negative for COVID-19 to be released?
- Check internal travel restrictions. Are local borders closed between states and provinces?
- Check your travel insurance. Does it cover medical? Will it cover a COVID-19 hospitalization? Will it cover flights being cancelled and rescheduled again and again?
- Finally, check your return home rules. In Australia, you must undergo mandatory quarantine and soon it will be at the traveller's expense. In New Zealand, you need to test negative for COVID-19 before you can be released from an isolation facility.
At PwC Australia, our expert Global Mobility teams around the world are sharing this information, so please reach out to us with your questions.