Feb 21, 2022

Five Countries ready for International Travel and What you need to know

While domestic travel around the world is predicted to be the preference this year, we are expecting international travel to begin it’s rebound in 2022.

As Australia’s international borders opened up yesterday, we wanted to look at five countries preparing to say "Hello" to international travellers again.

   1. Fiji

Bula! Since reopening to international travellers last December, the tropical island nation of Fiji is in the forefront of people's minds as their ideal getaway. Home to 333 islands, there are endless activities on offer, from cultural experiences to water sports and off-the-beaten-track adventures. Let’s not forget the incredible Fijian hospitality delivered by some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. 

Travel Requirements: 

For full details and to keep up to date with changing restrictions, you can visit the dedicated Fiji Travel website here.

Top Activity Picks for Fiji:

  1. Bouma National Heritage Park - With the Tavoro Waterfalls, the Lavena Coastal Walk, cool volcanic pools and over 150 sq kilometres of rainforest, it’s a nature lover’s dream visit. 
  2. Sunset Dinner Cruise - With Captain Cook Cruises - Sit back and relax, take in the spectacular views. At the same time, a team of local chefs prepares a sumptuous tropical buffet feast from fresh local ingredients, including whole lobster.
  3. Sebeto Hot Springs & Mud Pool - Enjoy a relaxing soak and unwind with a mud bath and massage.

   2. Switzerland

Grüezi! Home to the famous Swiss Alps, Switzerland boasts some of the most incredible scenery in Europe. One of the best ways to soak in all the country's natural beauty is traveling on their trains. They run like clockwork and are reliable, clean and safe.

Travel Requirements: 

For more information on the announcement by the Swiss government, take a look at the release here. 

Top Activity Picks for Switzerland: 

  1. Walking Tour of Old Town - In Zurich, the cobbled streets with galleries, stores, and cafes are a must-visit for any tourist. 
  2. The Rhine Falls - As one of the largest waterfalls in Central Europe, you can not miss the opportunity of this natural attraction. View the sheer size from one of the breathtaking lookout platforms or take a cruise on the Rhine. 
  3. Albula/Bernina Railway Ride - With a panoramic views of the 122 kilometers mountainous landscape, this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Listing is a unique experience in Switzerland. 


   3. United Kingdom

Allo, Allo! When it comes to popular tourist destinations globally, the United Kingdom is a regular firm favourite. There's so much to see and do, based on England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Including visiting iconic landmarks, enjoying breathtaking coastal views, dining at world-class restaurants, and attending international music festivals.

Travel Requirements: 

For more information on the travel restrictions in the UK, visit the dedicated guidance page here

Top Activity Picks for the UK: 

  1. The Platinum Jubilee - 2022 marks 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The United Kingdom has a variety of events lined up this year, including carnivals and pageants.
  2. The 2022 Commonwealth Games - For sports fanatics, the Commonwealth Games are being held in Birmingham this year, and it is an excellent opportunity to witness sports across 187 nationalities.
  3. The Shard - Those who are seeking a fantastic view with a cocktail in hand, this 72-storey skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, has magnificent views right across the city.  

    4. Bali

Selamat siang! For millions of tourists each year Bali shines the brightest in tourism. The island offers a magical blend of culture, nature, activities, weather, cuisine, and nightlife. There is something for everyone to discover and explore!

Travel Requirements: 

Visit the Indonesian Government’s website for more information on the latest travel restrictions here. 

Top Activity Picks for Bali: 

  1. Sunrise at Mount Batur - This popular hike is around 2-3 hours. It can be organised as a guided tour to visit the summit of this active volcano to see the sunrise. 
  2. Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Favoured by photographers and animal lovers alike, enjoy the forest, rare plants, and hundreds of monkeys swinging in their natural habitats. 
  3. Ubud Art Market - A favourite if you are interested in a vibrant artistic atmosphere and enjoy stalls with handmade garments, sculptures, and paintings. 

    5. Thailand

Sawasdee! Millions of tourists choose to visit the “Land of Smiles'' and explore Thailand's tropical paradise. It offers a unique culture and history and is well-known for its tranquil beaches, historic temples and mouth-watering food. 

Travel Requirements: 

For more information on the program and travel requirements for Thailand visit the embassy page here.

Top Activity Picks for Thailand: 

  1. Elephant Sanctuary - In the Mae Tang District, you will find an Elephant Care excursion and activities to feed and take care of the elephants of Thailand. 
  2. Phi Phi Speed Boat Tour - Enjoy an island adventure while touring on a boat. This excursion can show you the coral reefs, Bamboo Island, and Monkey Beach. 
  3. Palace Tours - As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Ayutthaya and Ban Pa are ancient palaces full of history to tour and explore. 

While not everywhere is fully open yet, and some restrictions are still in place, it’s excellent to see how global travel is starting to recover so early in 2022. 


**Dates and requirements correct on 21st February. 


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