Here's where Qantas and Jetstar are flying to as international travel in Australia opens up

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There will be more flights departing Australia from next month, as Qantas and Jetstar bring forward the restart date for some international routes.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce today announced the national airline was ramping up its return to the skies.

At this stage, the majority of the international flights are departing from Sydney.

But Melbourne could be close behind, following last night's announcement that Victoria will scrap COVID quarantine for international arrivals .

Here's what you need to know about the changes.

Who can fly Qantas and Jetstar?

International passengers will only be allowed to fly with Qantas and Jetstar if they are fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).

This requirement doesn't apply to children aged under 12, or those with an exemption.

Travellers will also need to have returned a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours before they get on the plane.

Qantas says passengers should check the government requirements for their destination.

Each country has its own rules for incoming travellers based on their citizenship or visa, vaccination status, where they have travelled from and, in some cases, where they have visited in the past few weeks or months.

Fiji requires travellers to stay in their accommodation for 48 hours and return a negative COVID test before venturing out.

What other airlines are flying out of Australia?

According to Sydney Airport, airlines that had completely stopped scheduled services that will be back by January include:

  • American Airlines
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Fiji Airways
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Thai Airways

Other airlines, including Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines, which ran at a reduced capacity during the border closure, will also be ramping up services.

What international flights are Qantas and Jetstart running from Sydney?

  • Los Angeles, United States from November 1
  • London, UK from November 1
  • Singapore from November 23
  • Delhi, India (via Darwin) from December 6 (subject to discussion with Indian authorities)
  • Nadi, Fiji from December 7
  • Vancouver, Canada from December 18
  • Tokyo, Japan from December 19
  • Honolulu, United States from December 20
  • Johannesburg, South Africa from January 5
  • Phuket, Thailand (with Jetstar) from January 12
  • Bangkok, Thailand from January 14

What international flights are there from Melbourne?

  • Singapore from November 22
  • London from November 6

What international flights are there from Darwin?

  • Delhi, India (flight originates in Sydney) from December 6 (subject to discussion with Indian authorities)
  • Singapore (with Jetstar) from December 16, 2021

What about Virgin Australia?

Virgin Australia has announced it will resume flights to Nadi, Fiji from Christmas.

Flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will resume on December 16, 17 and 18 respectively.

The airline is scheduled to resume flights to Bali and New Zealand in 2022.

Unlike Qantas and Jetstar, Virgin Australia has not made it mandatory for international travellers to be fully vaccinated.

However the COVID vaccine is mandatory for all staff.

Can I travel to Bali?

There are currently no direct flights between Australia and Bali.

The Indonesian holiday island reopened to foreign tourists on October 14, but no international flights landed at its airport on reopening day.

Bali is accepting fully vaccinated tourists from 19 eligible countries including China, India and France, but not Australia.

International arrivals are required to quarantine in their accommodation for five days at their own expense.

In a statement, Qantas said discussions were underway with the Indonesian government about welcoming fully vaccinated Australians with reduced or no quarantine.

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12 Tips to Prepare for an International Trip

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Going on an international trip soon? The rules for international flights have many dos and don't's. Here are 12 tips gleaned from experienced globe trotters designed to make that long-haul flight easier. 

Pack Lightly

On one of my first international business trips as an adult, I overpacked drastically. Guess who had to carry a large heavy suitcase, a large purse, and a garment bag around Paris at Metro and train stations that didn’t have elevators or escalators? After that, I swore to only pack what I could comfortably carry by myself. Check out my packing tips here.

Choose an Aisle Seat

On long flights, it’s recommended that you get up and walk to stretch your muscles and avoid blood clots in your legs. This is much easier to do in an aisle seat, so book one as soon as you book your ticket.

There's an App for That!

Apps can be a savior when traveling, but especially when you're abroad. You can use travel apps them to keep in touch with your airline, translate different languages, search for services at airports, choose your seats and myriad other tasks.

Dress Accordingly

On a long flight, you want to look well-dressed, but you also want to be comfortable. so you don’t want to wear clothes that cut or bind. I wear a wrinkle-proof jacket that can double as a blanket or a pillow, and I always wear a long pashmina for the same reason. The pashmina can also be used as a wrap, a pillow, a skirt cover and an accessory to dress up travel outfits. Buy my favorite for $10 at the Bijoux Terner website. I also wear slip-on flat shoes that are easy to take on and off at security and on your flight. All of this isbeautifully illustrated here at the Chelsea Tells Storiesblog.

Arrive Early

Most airlines want you at the airport at least two hours before your flight takes off, especially if you’re leaving from a U.S. international gateway airport . It will give you time to check your bags, check in, navigate the airport security checkpoint and get to your gate in plenty of time and arrive ​stress-free.

Zip Through Customs

Those who travel internationally know that U.S. Customs and Immigration lines can be a nightmare, especially at peak arrival times at the major international U.S. airports. Smart travelers carry the  Global Entry  card, which speeds you right past the Immigration and Customs lines. And a bonus -- it also works for the domestic Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program .

Lounge Around

Because you need to be at the airport so far in advance, consider paying for access to an airline-branded or airport lounge. There are plenty of lounges that allow you to pay a fee for entry. It's good to have time away from the masses before boarding your flight.

Drink Water

It’s OK to have a glass of wine or two while on your flight, but you really need to stay hydrated, because aircraft cabins are extremely dry. And instead of bothering flight attendants for endless little cups of water, go to your local dollar store, buy a water bottle and ask them to fill that up.

Cone of Silence

Nothing is worse than being on a plane with a screaming child or a chatty Cathy seatmate. That’s why I never travel without either a pair of  noise canceling headphones or my Beats Flex By Dr. Dre earbuds. Pop on either of them and enjoy the silence.

Sleepy Time

When it’s time to rest, you want to be comfortable. So invest in an inflatable neck pillow (I know they look silly, but they are a great sleep enhancer), an eye mask and comfortable socks.

Charge Me Up

More airlines are installing power ports on their aircraft, but you can’t always depend on that. When I flew to Paris for Christmas, the flight over had a USB port, but the flight home didn’t. That’s why I always carry mytrusty Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo, which allows me to charge my iPhone and iPad quickly.

Show The Love

The flight attendants are there for your safety. But they also work hard to ensure that our flight is comfortable and stress-free. Show your appreciation by presenting them with a box of sealed chocolates, like Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares or Ferrero Rocher truffles. And although you're not expecting it, they may show the love back to you in return. 

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Here’s everything you didn’t know you needed to make your international trip as seamless as possible.

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We don’t tend to complain a whole lot when it comes to planning and preparing for travel. Sure, there are bad parts, boring parts, and stressful parts… but all the negative aspects of the travel process give way to some of the best and most memorable life experiences. The packing process may fall into the less-fun side of preparing for travel but, with the right mindset and strategy, it can make the whole trip.

Packing for an international trip specifically requires careful planning; sure, you can probably find forgotten items while abroad in many destinations but having everything already secured in your suitcase will make your trip a whole lot easier. Nobody wants to spend a half day of travel searching for something they forgot at home.

Packing Checklist for an International Trip

This guide will help ensure you’ve packed everything you could possibly need for an international trip, whether it’s your first time leaving the country or you’re a seasoned traveler. Having these items on hand — along with the appropriate clothing and shoes for your destination — will help make your trip as smooth and seamless as possible.

  • Best Adapter: Epicka Universal Travel Adapter
  • Best Wi-Fi Hotspot: Simo Solis Lite 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot
  • Best Camera:   Nikon ZF
  • Best Tripod: Phopik Aluminum Extendable Tripod Stand
  • Best Portable Power Bank: Nimble Champ
  • Best Noise-canceling Headphones: Apple AirPods Max
  • Best Luggage Tracker: Eufy SmartTrack Link


  • Best Passport Cover: Paravel Cabana Passport Case
  • Best Travel Wallet: Leatherology Travel Wallet
  • Best Luggage Belt: Cincha Travel Belt for Luggage
  • Best Reusable Water Bottle: Memobottle A5
  • Best Packing Cubes: Gonex Compression Packing Cubes
  • Best Neck Pillow: Cabeau TNE S3
  • Best Money Belt: Raytix Money Belt
  • Best Compression Socks: Comrad Compression Socks

Luggage and Bags

  • Best Lightweight Backpack: Longchamp Backpack Le Pliage
  • Best International-sized Carry-on: Away The Carry-on
  • Best Checked Bag: July Checked Plus
  • Best Belt Bag: Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
  • Best Travel Laundry Bag: Miamica Travel Laundry Bag
  • Best Tote: MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote Deluxe
  • Best Toiletry Bag: Away The Toiletry Bag
  • Best Rolling Duffel: Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Wheeled Duffel

We know, we know. You’re not setting out on an international trip to be consumed by your tech, but there are certain essentials that can make a good trip even better, whether aiding an itinerary, ensuring your safety, or simply entertaining you while in transit. Packing things like a reliable wi-fi hotspot and a portable power bank means you’ll always have access to your smartphone for emergencies (or just to use Google Maps to navigate your self-guided walking tour without having to pop into a cafe every few blocks).

Best Adapter

Epicka universal travel adapter.

  • Ease of Use 5 /5
  • Effectiveness 4 /5

Traveling abroad with a good adapter like the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter is non-negotiable. It comes equipped with plugs for more than 150 countries but the convenient sliding design means you won’t have to fuss with (or be responsible for) multiple attachments. During the testing process, we particularly appreciated that this option comes with so many USB ports (four USB-A and one USB-C) as it cut down the need for multiple adapters and made it incredibly easy to charge all our tech at the same time.

Best Wi-fi Hotspot

Skyroam solis lite.

Do you remember the days of traveling before Google Maps? It’s hard to imagine a time when we’d actually have to ask locals for directions or hope we’re reading a paper map properly. The Solis Lite 4G LTE WiFi Mobile Hotspot makes modern travel even easier by ensuring you’re always connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network, wherever you are. It doesn’t require a SIM card or a contract and functions seamlessly in more than 135 countries around the world. It can also support up to 10 devices at a given time — which means your travel buddies will thank you, too.

Best Camera

Nikon zf mirrorless camera.

The Nikon ZF immediately catches the eye with its beautiful, retro-inspired body. Don’t let the decidedly cool aesthetic fool you though — this camera also makes it super easy to channel your inner photographer. The 24-megapixel, full-frame mirrorless camera is very simple and user-friendly but offers enough bells and whistles to quell more advanced photographers. It’s also incredibly small and lightweight which makes it great for throwing into your day bag (no oversized camera bag required!).

Best Tripod

Phopik aluminum extendable tripod stand.

Another way to ensure great vacation photos? Investing in a decent tripod stand. Selfies have their time and place but being able to set up a tripod to get group shots in idyllic settings will ensure frame-worthy visual souvenirs. The Phopik Aluminum Extendable Tripod Stand is a great option for those who travel with both a digital camera and a smartphone as the convertible device can actually be used as a selfie stick and tripod for smartphones while also extending into a more stable tripod suitable for a heavier camera. It also packs down ultra-small when not in use so you won’t have to run around all day with a full-sized tripod under your arm.

Best Portable Power Bank

Nimble champ portable charger.

The Nimble Champ is a game changer for long travel days when you might not have the chance to wait by an outlet for your smartphone to refuel; the 10,000 mAh battery is more than enough to charge the average smartphone between three to five times in full. If you’re concerned about having your phone for safety purposes (like to grab an Uber, use Google Maps, call for help, etc.), a compact lightweight charger will also offer serious peace of mind. We like that this option is made using 99 percent certified recycled plastic so you can feel good about the sustainable choice. And, if you need even more juice, there’s a more powerful Nimble Champ Pro with a 20,000 mAh battery instead.

Best Noise-canceling Headphones

Apple airpods max.

  • Comfort 4.5 /5
  • Sound Quality 5 /5
  • Battery Life 5 /5

The AirPods Max are admittedly a bit expensive but they’re worth the price point for the quality and overall ease of use, especially if you’re a lover of Apple devices. During the testing process, we found the user experience to be the best out of all the headphones we tried. We really like how easy they are to connect to an iPhone or MacBook without having to go searching into the Bluetooth settings (there’s a simple pop-up that’ll ask you if you want to switch and that’s that). We found the headphones very intuitive to use and the sound quality is excellent as well with a strong enough noise-canceling feature to provide serenity everywhere from the airplane to the subway.

Best Luggage Tracker

Eufy smarttrack link.

  • Ease of Setup 5 /5
  • Accuracy 5 /5
  • Functionality 5 /5
  • Design 4.5 /5

Popping a luggage tracker, like the Eufy SmartTrack Link, into your checked luggage will allow you to track a suitcase in real time which offers peace of mind and can help expedite the return of lost-in-transit baggage. This tiny tracker was our top pick during testing due to its ease of use and convenient size and shape. The durable square comes equipped with a hole in the top corner that makes it easy to add a carabiner or key ring onto the tracker to attach to internal zippers or other items, too.

It can be tricky to strike a healthy balance between actual travel essentials and products that seem useful in theory but actually just end up taking up precious space in your suitcase or carry-on. The following items are designed to make travel as easy and comfortable as possible and are all compact, easy to pack, and won’t end up weighing you down. They’re also highly practical for staying organized and put together while making your way through passport control or while taking public transport from the airport to your hotel.

Best Passport Cover

Paravel passport case.

  • Capacity 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5

You might not think you need a passport cover, but this Paravel Cabana Passport Case is a particularly great option since it not only keeps your passport safe and secure but holds up to eight cards, too. During the testing process, we found the luxe material to also be durable, and it was very easy to get our cards and passport in and out of the slots without having to stretch things out. We also like that this one comes in several colorways and can be customized with a hand-painted initial as well.

Best Travel Wallet

Leatherology zip around travel wallet.

If you’re hoping to score something with a little extra space, the Leatherology Travel Wallet is a particularly great choice as it’ll keep all your stuff organized without becoming too bulky or heavy. The compact design has a slot for pretty much everything you could need including your passport, cards, printed boarding pass, coins, cash, and even a pen. During the testing process, we found that this option stood out for its buttery soft leather that feels much more expensive than it is, and for the expansive interior that could easily hold more than a couple of passports. 

Best Luggage Belt

Cincha travel belt.

The Cincha Travel Belt is one of those travel accessories that you don’t realize just how much you need until you have it on-hand while on the go. The travel belt is designed to attach your personal items — like a coat, shopping bags, and even your handbag — to the handle of your rolling luggage without worrying about it sliding around or falling off the top of your luggage. This is a particularly handy option to have on hand while changing terminals or taking trains to the city center when you don’t want to have to worry about lugging multiple loose pieces.

Best Reusable Water Bottle

Memobottle a5 the flat water bottle that fits in your bag.

There are certain things that all responsible travelers should consider when setting off on a trip — and being a more sustainable citizen of the world is one of them. The easiest way to cut down on your carbon footprint while traveling? Investing in a reusable water bottle. The Memobottle A5 makes it easy to ditch single-use plastic while traveling without feeling like, you know, you’re carrying a massive water bottle around with you. It’s designed to be ultra thin and can fit in a briefcase or handbag. However, don’t let the thin size fool you. This water bottle fits a standard 750 milliliters which is the exact same as the single-use bottle of Smartwater in the airport shop.

Best Packing Cubes

Gonex compression packing cubes.

  • Design 5 /5

Packing the right amount of clothing for an international trip can be a bit of a daunting task which is why we’re such major advocates for the Gonex Compression Packing Cubes . The set of four cubes comes in a variety of sizes to help keep garments in order while planning for your trip. The compression cubes are also designed to squish down into the smallest size possible so you can fit even more into that carry-on roller without worrying about taking up too much space in the overhead bin or running out of room for souvenirs.

Best Neck Pillow

Cabeau tne s3 travel pillow.

  • Quality 4.8 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Durability 5 /5

Think of the Cabeau TNE S3 as the neck pillow for travelers who hate carrying a neck pillow. The compact neck support folds down into a tiny bag that can easily be stored away in your carry-on or handbag while on the go. We loved this neck pillow during the testing process for its memory foam material and 360-degree support. It’s designed to attach to your seat and will keep you from that annoying head bobbing that can often happen when trying to sleep upright.

Best Money Belt

Raytix rfid money belt.

  • Comfort 5 /5
  • Performance 5 /5

Money belts might not be the most exciting of travel gear — but having this under-clothes accessory can offer major peace of mind if you’re nervous about carrying your valuables out in the open while on the go. The Raytix Money Belt was our top pick during our tests because of its smooth material that feels comfortable on the skin and a discreet size that doesn’t bulge when placed properly under your clothing. We also really liked that it was wide enough to comfortably fit a passport without having to wiggle the zipper in order to close the pouch.

Best Compression Socks

Comrad compression socks.

The Comrad Compression Socks do the impossible: make compression socks look cool and stylish. The double-dip ombre design is fun and aesthetically pleasing — especially compared to your average drugstore alternative — and the socks themselves are extremely soft to the touch. During the testing process, we found they offered gentle compression without being uncomfortable. They were breathable and we could easily wear them on a long-haul flight without any itchiness whatsoever either.

Selecting the right luggage for your international trip is half the battle. For example, if you’re hoping to avoid checking a bag at all costs, you’ll want something that is no bigger than 21.5 inches, and as lightweight as possible. If you’re looking for a suitcase that’ll handle the arduous checked baggage process, you’ll want to look for a hard-sided spinner with enough give that it won’t crack or puncture while in transit.

Choosing the right personal item and day bag is an equally important decision. Handbags and backpacks should be lightweight and multi-purpose, meaning that you’ll be able to use them at multiple times, like day trips to the country, jaunts around the city center, and evenings out.

Best Lightweight Backpack

Longchamp le pliage backpack.

Given the brand's reputation for high-quality bags, it's no surprise the Longchamp Backpack Le Pliage is forever our go-to travel bag when we’re aiming to pack light but stylish. Longchamp Le Pliage in general is kind of the perfect bag concept for travel as it packs down ultra small when not in use but can expand to a full-sized bag as needed. The backpack is no exception; it’s small and lightweight but stylish and large enough to fit a day — or night — of essentials without screaming tourist or looking too bulky. We also like that this option is made from a durable nylon and can withstand the bright sun and heavy rain without getting damaged.

Best International-sized Carry-on

Away the carry-on.

Packing for international air travel can sometimes be a little dicey, especially if you’re going to be flying on budget airlines with little wiggle room on suitcase sizing. The Away The Carry-on sits just below most international carrier limits so you won’t run into any surprises at the gate, but we also found that it’s incredibly roomy. During the testing process, we were able to fit everything we needed for a four-day trip with room to spare. The hard plastic shell is also incredibly durable — even when clobbered with a baseball bat — so it will hold up with heavy duty use, too.

Best Checked Bag

July large luggage.

  • Organization 4.5 /5
  • Maneuverability 5 /5

The July Checked Plus is our top choice when it comes to the best checked luggage for international travel , especially if you tend to be an overpacker as it fits 110 liters worth of items. Even if you don’t fill it to the brim, we particularly like the number of pockets and organizational features inside to keep things sorted. During our testing process, we found it was incredibly easy to pack a fair amount while giving everything a designated spot. We also found the wheels and handle to be the smoothest we’ve found in a suitcase which made it easy to trolley the suitcase around through the airport and into the city.

Best Belt Bag

Lululemon everywhere belt bag.

The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag is, well, kind of everywhere, but it’s easy to see why. It’s incredibly lightweight and durable while offering a discreet but stylish solution to storing your daily essentials in a safe and secure manner. It’s also made of water-repellent polyester so you can get caught in the rain with less issue than a leather or cotton alternative. This option also comes in a huge variety of colorways to best suit your style, but we’re major fans of the classic black. During the testing process, we particularly appreciated how easily the zipper glides; it doesn’t pull or stick which makes it easy to quickly grab items like a wallet or passport out without having to use two hands. Plus, if you have even more to carry, there’s a 2-liter version 404 , too.

Best Travel Laundry Bag

Miamica travel laundry bag.

The Miamica Travel Laundry Bag is another one of those items that is easy to forget or brush off as being unimportant but can actually make such a big difference while on the go. This lightweight laundry bag will take up no room in your luggage but makes staying organized while traveling so much easier. Whether you’re doing your own laundry in your hotel room or planning on sending the essentials off for dry cleaning, having a separate bag to store your dirty clothes in means you won’t have to rifle through your suitcase trying to decipher what is clean versus what needs to be washed.

MZ Wallace Deluxe Tote

  • Portability 3 /5
  • Ease of Use 3 /5

Don’t underestimate the power of a great tote while traveling as options like this lightweight MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote Deluxe won’t take up much space in your luggage but can be a lifesaver if you somehow find yourself with more stuff to pack on your way home. We found this bag to be super roomy without overpowering us with a ton of built-in pockets and even a removable pouch to keep gear organized on the go. It’s also worth noting that this tote comes in a few different sizes from mini to large if you’re looking for something a bit bigger or smaller instead.

Best Toiletry Bag

Away large toiletry bag.

There are a lot of utilitarian toiletry bags out there but options like this one from Away both get the job done, and look good in the process. We found it very easy to pack and organize, thanks to an abundance of pockets and pouches to store everything from makeup brushes to delicate bottles. The material feels high-end and sleek but we found it to be secure and waterproof so nothing spilled out while in transit either.

Best Rolling Duffel

Eagle creek cargo hauler.

  • Design 4 /5
  • Maneuverability 3 /5
  • Durability 4 /5

The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Wheeled Duffel is our top pick for the best rolling duffel for international travel since it’s huge yet still incredibly easy to roll through the airport or tote by hand on public transit. We particularly loved that this bag came with its own packing cubes and could easily convert from duffel to backpack to rolling suitcase. Despite its multi-functional design, it really excelled at everything. We found the bag very smooth to roll and just as easy to grab and go when needed. The material also feels very durable; like it could withstand heavy use without having to be too precious with it.

Unfortunately, yes, there are quite a few items that you can’t bring on your international trip depending on the country you’re heading to. Take this into consideration when shopping for travel products. Some destinations don’t allow certain tech — like drones — while others are very strict about the medication you’re allowed to bring into the country. If you have any doubts or concerns about what you can and cannot bring to a certain locale, be sure to check the official TSA security screening rules and the screening rules of the specific country you’re planning to visit.

Every airline has its own set of rules when it comes to carry-on and checked baggage size and weight restrictions. The standard carry-on size outside of the United States tends to be a lot smaller, so you’ll want to ensure your hand baggage doesn’t exceed the restrictions of the airlines you’re flying. It tends to be about 26 pounds and 21.5 inches in height for most European carriers, for example, but always check with the exact airlines you plan to use.

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Everything to Know (and How to Prepare) for an International Flight

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Flying internationally requires a bit of extra planning and preparation. So, whether you need a quick refresher about what to do before you fly abroad or you’re getting ready for your first international flight, we’ve asked travel pros for some expert advice. With the following guide as a reference, you’ll be ready to take off on your international trip worry-free.

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Make sure you have all required travel documentation

First things first, make sure your passport is valid, and that it's not expired. So, be sure to check the issue date of your passport, which you can find on the data page of your passport book or on the front of your passport card. According to the U.S. State Department , some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip and some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Katy Nastro, travel expert, also says, depending on where you are going, make sure you have applied and secured the appropriate travel visas to ensure you’re equipped with the necessary documents upon arrival. If you’re unsure about what you need for a specific place, she recommends heading to the State Department website —under the International Travel tab, select “Learn About Your Destination.” 

“There, you can type in the country you intend to travel to and learn about what may or may not be required when it comes to travel visas,” Nastro explains.

Do you need immunizations or vaccines to travel internationally?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , vaccination requirements before traveling will depend on a few things:

  • Where you're going : Some countries require proof of vaccination for certain diseases, like yellow fever or polio. “And traveling in developing countries and rural areas may bring you into contact with more diseases, which means you might need more vaccines before you visit,” says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website. 
  • Your health: If you have an ongoing illness, weakened immune system, or if you’re pregnant, you may need additional vaccines.
  • Your existing vaccinations: It’s important to be up to date on your routine vaccinations. While diseases like measles are rare in the United States, they are more common in other countries. Learn more about routine vaccines for specific age groups on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website .

How far in advance should you get vaccinated before traveling?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting vaccinated at least four to six weeks before you travel. “This will give the vaccines time to start working, so you’re protected while you’re traveling ,” the agency's website states. “It will also usually make sure there’s enough time for you to get vaccines that require more than one dose.”

What should you do the day before your international flight?

As soon as the clock strikes 24 hours before your flight, head to the airlines app or website to check yourself in, emphasizes Nastro. “For an international flight, your passport information needs to be verified, so ensure you have that handy,” she says. And be sure to download your airline’s app, so you can quickly get notifications of any flight changes, delays or cancellations.  

Also, world traveler Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic , says, if you take medication, have all your prescriptions filled, ensuring you have enough medication to last beyond the expected number of days you’ll be traveling, and pack medication in your carry-on bag to avoid any emergencies that could arise if your luggage is lost. “While pill boxes are convenient and safe in your luggage, it’s best to travel with your prescription medication in its original bottles, as international rules on medications vary, and having your prescription, dosage and prescribing doctor written right on the package can eliminate any questions in a foreign country,” McDaniel stresses.

If you’ll be driving and leaving your car at the airport, McDaniel suggests booking parking in advance. “With so many travelers expected this summer, you don’t want to be driving around trying to find a vacancy the day of your flight,” she adds.

If it's been a while since you last flew, McDaniel also recommends a visit to the TSA website to familiarize yourself with current processes and protocols.

What should you wear on an international flight and why?

Often, but not always, Nastro points out that international flights from the US are long-haul, meaning you will spend quite a bit of time in the sky. For long flights, wearing comfortable clothing is paramount. “You want to be able to sleep in said clothes, so anything that is restrictive or itchy over long periods of time is worth reconsidering,” she continues.

Dressing in layers is another beneficial tip. “One big thing to keep in mind is that once in flight, cabin temperatures are kept around 71-74 F for a few reasons (one being to keep passengers from fainting due to hypoxia), so dressing in layers or packing warmer layers will make for a more pleasant experience overall,” Nastro says.

How early should you arrive at the airport?

For an international flight, McDaniel advises arriving at least three hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. “Double check your airport’s website, as these often list current wait times at security, so you know if you will need even more time,” she suggests.

In addition, you may want to consider time of the year and time of day, whether you are checking bags, and if you have TSA PreCheck or Clear to help expedite security processes, Nastro says.

She notes that mid-morning and mid-afternoon flights generally see more people versus super early or super late flights, which again can impact how busy the airport is. “And busier times of the year, like the winter holidays, will see more people traveling in general, so airports will be busier and lines will be longer,” Nastro adds.

Understand luggage check parameters

As you’re planning arrival times to the airport, experts lean on the side of getting there early, especially if you're checking luggage. 

If you're checking a bag for an international flight, be aware that airlines have certain cut-off times for when you're able to do so. For example, says Nastro, American Airlines cuts off baggage check at 60 minutes before International flights. “If checking a bag, be sure to look up your airline’s cutoff policies,” she warns. 

What should you pack in your carry-on? 

In addition to packing all medication, as previously mentioned, in your carry-on, McDaniel says she recommends packing valuables (jewelry, electronics, etc.), a phone charger, change of clothes, and your travel documents in your carry-on.  

“Think about items that you would absolutely need if your luggage were to be lost, and be sure to pack those in your carry-on, if you’re able,” asserts McDaniel. “Also, don’t assume just because your carry-on is close by in an overhead compartment, it’s safe from theft; we’ve heard many stories of luggage being rifled through while the owner sleeps peacefully nearby. Lock your carry-on.” 

Other items that should go in your carry-on, according to Nastro, are headphones, an inflatable pillow or preferred travel pillow, a scarf that doubles as a blanket, a water bottle, snacks, disinfectant wipes, your glasses, and a pen, which you may need for immigration paperwork.

Experts weigh in: aisle seat, middle seat or window seat?

It’s really a matter of personal preference which is best. “If you want to frequently get up to stretch your legs, or think you might need to use the bathroom but don’t want to wake up your seatmates, then the aisle can be more desirable,” says Sally French, travel expert with NerdWallet . But for folks wanting something to lean up against, then the window seat might be better, she says.

And don’t knock the middle seat. “On some planes, the middle seat has slightly wider leg room, which can be a decent consolation prize,” adds French. Nastro also points out that a middle seat is entitled to both armrests and avoids getting knocked by the refreshments cart. “Whichever seat you choose, just be sure to get up and take those coveted walks to the bathroom to help undo the stress of being in one position for long periods,” she says.

If you have a preference on your seat, McDaniel says to make sure to either book a ticket that includes the ability to pick your seat, or check-in as soon as your airline allows to see if there are any available seats you’re able to switch to.

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Check In and Prepare for Your Flight

Definitions, checking in.

Checking in for a flight is the process whereby a person announces their arrival at the airport. The check-in process at airports enables passengers to confirm they will be on the correct flight, obtain a boarding pass, possibly select their seat (if hasn’t happened already and is allowed by airline), and check in luggage onto a plane, if desired.

Boarding pass

A  boarding pass  is a document provided by an airline during check-in giving a passenger permission to board the airplane for a particular flight. At a minimum, it identifies the passenger, the flight number, and the date and scheduled time for departure. Boarding passes are always required to board a flight. Often, airlines accept either paper or electronic boarding passes (on phone or tablet).

Three Ways to Check In

In-person at a staffed check-in counter at airport .

Items needed for check-in counter:

  • Passport (when traveling internationally)
  • Paper ticket (less and less common), OR
  • E-ticket with a confirmation number—usually sent via email if ticket is purchased online or through a travel agency, OR
  • Printed itinerary with a confirmation number

In-person at airport using a self check-in kiosk 

If using a kiosk, you can select a seat (if hasn’t happened already or allowed by airline), enter the number of bags to be checked (if desired), and print boarding passes. You will then need to bring your luggage to a staffed counter or checked luggage station. Airline staff will need to check your passport either at the time of check-in or at your gate.

To check in at a kiosk you will need one of the following:

  • Confirmation number (usually sent via email if ticket is purchased online or through a travel agency)
  • Credit card used for payment of the ticket

Check in online before arriving to airport

You can usually check in online starting 24 hours before departure. If checking luggage, you will need to bring your luggage to a staffed counter or checked luggage station once you arrive at the airport.

Benefits of online check-in:

  • Avoid potential check-in lines at airport
  • Print boarding pass at home (can also wait or reprint at self-service kiosk at the airport)
  • Select seat assignment(s) before others (if applicable)
  • Choose to get updates of possible changes to departure times leading up to flight

Check-In & Boarding Timelines

Check-in deadlines.

  • Many airlines have a deadline for passengers to check in before each flight. Check-in deadlines are usually between 60 to 30 minutes before boarding, and you are often not able to check in after those times (meaning you cannot go on your flight).
  • Check-in deadlines allow airlines to to load luggage onto the plane, offer potential unclaimed seats to stand-by passengers, and to finalize documentation for take-off.

Boarding timelines

  • International flights often start boarding 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to the departure time.
  • Your boarding pass will list the time the flight will start boarding.
  • Flights tend to board in shifts—they might call by rows or by groups. Your boarding pass will indicate your row or group.

Flight Preparation

Check your flight status, make sure you have all of your essentials, leave with more than enough time to get to the airport.

  • Take into account the time it takes to get through the check-in line, to pass security, and then to walk or ride (tram, bus) from the check-in area to your boarding area (your terminal and gate—listed on your boarding pass).
  • Getting through the airport can take several hours at some airports or during busy travel times of the year. On international flights, you will need to account for more time to clear immigration and customs.

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Jetstar Airways Partnerships & Alliances

Jetstar Airways is currently not part of any major airline alliance.

However, the airline has several codeshare agreements with other carriers. Jetstar has codeshare agreements with Qantas, Emirates, and Air France, among others. These agreements allow passengers to book flights on both airlines and enjoy seamless travel experiences, including baggage transfers and coordinated flight schedules.

In addition to codeshare agreements, Jetstar has a joint venture with Qantas known as Jetstar Group. The joint venture operates several low-cost carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, including Jetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, and Jetstar Japan. This partnership allows the airlines to share resources and expertise to provide affordable travel options to passengers.

Jetstar also has a partnership with online travel agency Expedia, which allows customers to book flights, hotels, and rental cars through the Expedia platform. This partnership provides customers with a convenient way to plan and book their travel arrangements in one place.

Airline Travel Tips & Guidance

  • Read here about Airports that serve as hubs for Jetstar Airways.
  • A listing of destinations Jetstar Airways flies to can be found here .
  • Check here to see locations popular with vacationers that Jetstar Airways services .
  • Navigate here to get an update on any Jetstar Airways flight's departure or arrival status .
  • If you only wish to make your flight booking with JQ airline , then the best way to do that is to book with Jetstar Airways directly on their site. That way there won't be any middleman agency you have to deal with if something goes south with your booking or flight.
  • Dip your toes into the world of commercial flights , with behind-the-scenes insights that will tell all about commercial aviation.
  • Need to know which airlines have alliances or partnerships with other airlines ? Our guide to Airline Alliances will scratch the itch!
  • Check our JQ airline guide for more information.

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