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‘High possibility’: 4 cheapest travel locations when borders open

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Aerial image of travellers in New Zealand (left) and beaches at Bali (right)
New Zealand (left) and Indonesia (right) will be one of the first travel destinations available to Aussies once borders open. (Source: Getty)

If you’re like most other Aussies, you’re dying to travel once Australia hits that 80 per cent double-jabbed target and borders open.

But when they do, you can bet there will be restrictions to where you can go, with different parts of the world struggling more than others in containing COVID-19 outbreaks.

We can be fairly sure that travel to and from New Zealand will be one of the first options available to Aussies, with our neighbours across the Tasman clocking less than 20 daily COVID-19 cases in the last few days.

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“If you could be confident travelling to any country it would have to be travelling to New Zealand,” according to Finder.

“The New Zealand government has paused the travel bubble until at least November and with vaccination rates both here and there on their way up, things are looking sunny.”

For those hoping to reschedule their Bali holidays, you’re in luck.

The possibility of holidaying in popular travel destinations Indonesia and Fiji were also rated as “high” by Finder.

Indonesia has announced plans to open borders to travellers by November, while Qantas revealed to Yahoo Finance it has scheduled flights to Fiji to resume on 18 December.

Aerial image of Fiji Islands
Travelling to Fiji may be a reality for Australians within months. (Source: Getty)

Meanwhile, if city lights and hawker markets are what you’re after, Qantas reckons it will be able to fly passengers to Singapore by mid-December.

“Singapore has high vaccination rates and the Australian and Singapore governments have been in talks to open a travel bubble between the two countries,” Finder stated.

Meanwhile, if your heart is set on the US, UK or Canada, you just might be able to get there for Christmas, if Qantas’ flight schedule is anything to go by.

Aussies to travel by December 2021

According to the National Cabinet’s four-phase plan, the international travel ban will be lifted once 80 per cent of Australia’s population has had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is currently in Washington for a meeting with the Quad leaders, reiterated this point.

"Once we hit 80 per cent vaccinations, that means Australians will be able to travel in those states that are opening up, they will be able to get on planes and go overseas and come home," Morrison said in a press conference this morning.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks as he meets with Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office at he Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2021. (Photo by Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"And that means Australians who are overseas that are vaccinated with vaccines that are recognised in Australia, will be able to get on planes and come to Australia.

"The caps at the airport for vaccinated Australians to return will be lifted, and that means there will be the commercial demand for those flights to be put on. I don't think Qantas will have to be encouraged to start running those flights and putting people on those seats."

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan lifted travel hopes when he said he expected the international border to open up “by Christmas at the latest”.

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