Travel latest news: Australia sets sights on October for reopening of international travel

Australia could open up to travellers by October, according to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce. “We are now planning for international travel to restart at the end of October this year in line with the day for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be effectively complete,” Mr Joyce said. Australia has pursued a tough border policy over the past year with citizens banned from leaving the country under most circumstances, a hotel quarantine policy in place and caps on arrivals.  This week marked the start of the country’s coronavirus immunisation rollout, with the Australian Government expecting to make the vaccine available to anyone that wants it by October.  Travellers keen to visit Australia and those with family in the country will derive hope from this potential date as the country has previously suggested it would not reopen until at least 2022.  Scroll down for the latest travel updates. Auto update On Off 8:46AM What happened yesterday? The main headlines from Wednesday: Greece plans to welcome vaccinated Britons by May Heathrow sinks to £2bn loss during pandemic  Singapore considers vaccine certificates to restart international travel Jet2 reports '1000%' increase in bookings Border Force: 99 per cent of arrivals avoiding hotel quarantine Greece welcomes unvaccinated arrivals, too – Santorini mayor 'Vaccine passports' should be on phone app, says Heathrow boss ​Now onto today's news.

Travel latest news: Australia sets sights on October for reopening of international travel

Australia could open up to travellers by October, according to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

“We are now planning for international travel to restart at the end of October this year in line with the day for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be effectively complete,” Mr Joyce said.

Australia has pursued a tough border policy over the past year with citizens banned from leaving the country under most circumstances, a hotel quarantine policy in place and caps on arrivals. 

This week marked the start of the country’s coronavirus immunisation rollout, with the Australian Government expecting to make the vaccine available to anyone that wants it by October. 

Travellers keen to visit Australia and those with family in the country will derive hope from this potential date as the country has previously suggested it would not reopen until at least 2022. 

Scroll down for the latest travel updates.

Auto update

What happened yesterday?

The main headlines from Wednesday:

  • Greece plans to welcome vaccinated Britons by May
  • Heathrow sinks to £2bn loss during pandemic 
  • Singapore considers vaccine certificates to restart international travel
  • Jet2 reports '1000%' increase in bookings
  • Border Force: 99 per cent of arrivals avoiding hotel quarantine
  • Greece welcomes unvaccinated arrivals, too – Santorini mayor
  • 'Vaccine passports' should be on phone app, says Heathrow boss

​Now onto today's news.