Pre-departure test for international travellers to be scrapped

Travellers from overseas looking to come to Australia will no longer have to take a Covid test prior to entry.

Health Minister Greg has confirmed that the pre-departure testing rule for international travellers entering Australia will be scrapped from April 17.

The announcement was welcomed by FCM, Flight Centre Travel Group’s flagship global corporate travel management brand.

“The removal of pre-departure tests for international arrivals is the last major step in Australia truly reopening to the world for corporate travel – big businesses now have the confidence to book and fly without the fear of last minute cancellations,” said FCM general manager Australia Melissa Elf.

“We’ve already seen small-to-medium sized enterprises roaring back to recruitment, events, and trade since domestic borders reopened as they recognise this is their window of opportunity to make big leaps forward – now is the time for big business to do the same.

“A number of us have recently travelled internationally and it’s remarkable the difference that no need for pre-departure test results has meant for people wanting to travel – now this hurdle has been removed, corporates can get back to face-to-face, a critical business function.”