There are travel and immigration restrictions worldwide, flight cancellations everywhere and you just don't know which way's up.
It might not help that most airlines are encouraging travellers to inform themselves in the first instance.
But as this is such a fluid situation is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination.
IATA Travel Centre is providing an often-updated and extensive list of travel advisories relating to COVID-19. You can check it here.
But here's a quick round-up of how some of Australia's most popular international airlines are dealing with COVID-19.
QANTAS: Qantas is suspending all international flights, will delay its $201 million interim payout, and is standing down two-thirds of its 30,000-member workforce until the end of May in the face of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.
Qantas is, until May 31, offering customers with existing bookings on domestic or international Qantas, QantasLink, and Jetstar the option to cancel their flight in exchange for a travel credit voucher.
Check your Qantas flight status here.
EMIRATES: Emirates flights to and from Iran are cancelled till further notice. Customers across the Emirates network holding tickets for final destination Tehran will not be accepted for boarding at their point of origin until further notice.
The Dubai Health Authority is conducting a COVID-19 test on some customers arriving at Dubai International Airport if Dubai is their final destination. If you are transiting through Dubai International airport will not be tested, but will have to go through temperature screening before boarding their connecting flight.
Check your Emirates flight status here.
SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Flights departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth are among 670 cancelled by Singapore Airlines due to the coronavirus outbreak. Reduced demand caused by the virus will see 96 routes affected from March 3 to May 31 and includes subsidiary SilkAir.
On the back of the Qantas decision to suspend its international flights, Singapore Airlines has cancelled all international flights to and from Canberra. This will last until until the end of April, at least.
A full list of Singapore Airlines cancellations can be found here.
AIR NEW ZEALAND: The Kiwi carrier has suspended more than a dozen routes to Australia, and has trimmed its five strongest trans-Tasman services significantly.
The following routes have been cancelled entirely through to June 30, 2020:
- Auckland-Sunshine Coast
- Auckland-Coolangatta (Gold Coast)
- Christchurch-Coolangatta (Gold Coast)
The five remaining trans-Tasman routes look like this:
- Auckland to Sydney: Reduced to seven return services per week
- Auckland to Brisbane: Reduced to five return services per week
- Auckland to Melbourne: Reduced to seven return services per week
- Christchurch to Sydney: Reduced to two return services per week
- Wellington to Sydney: Reduced to two return services per week
Check Air New Zealand flight status here.
CATHAY PACIFIC: Passengers have the opportunity chance to receive a refund for their ticket free of charge for countries that have imposed major travel restrictions. These countries include Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mainland China, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam. These new conditions apply to tickets that are marked with last travel dates of up to April 30. You also can rebook or reroute their ticket for travel on or before 10 December.
The latest Cathay Pacific notifications can be found here.
ETIHAD AIRLINES: It wants to give travellers "peace of mind" so has allowed one complimentary date or destination change for all flights booked between March 8 and April 7 which will be valid for all fares including guest redemptions and Etihad holiday bookings. Any fare difference as a result of rebooking or rerouting will be applied.
Your one-stop question and answer shop from Etihad is right here
QATAR AIRWAYS: A "maximum flexibility" policy has been launched. It allows passengers who have booked for travel up to June 30 the option to change their travel free of charge, or exchange their ticket for a travel voucher valid for one year. Affected passengers can also request a full refund without charge.
You can check your Qatar flight status here.
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