My husband and I are travelling to New Zealand, we have phone plans with no international roaming. I will have a laptop but what are the options for those who don't have access to apps? What about our DPDs when we return to Australia?
S. Rowe, Epping NSW
You should be just fine. New Zealand has a track and trace app, NZ COVID Tracer, however it is not a requirement for travellers. You can use your apps when you have free Wi-Fi, for example in hotels and also in quite a few cafes and restaurants. At other times your apps will not update since you don't have global roaming, nor will you receive messages or phone calls.
You should complete your Digital Passenger Destination before returning to Australia and you can do this on a laptop as well as via the DPD app. It's preferable to have a hard copy of your DPD but not essential. If you don't complete a DPD before returning you can still board the aircraft, but you'll have to front up to a meeting with Border Force when you reach Australia.
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Four friends are travelling to the UK in September and looking to take a barge holiday for about a week. Hoping for gorgeous countryside, lots of pubs and not too many locks to contend with.
B. Appleby, Ballarat VIC
A narrowboat cruise from Whittington to Llangollen, which straddles the Welsh-English borders, could be just what you're looking for. The 20-kilometre trip takes you through the beautiful Vale of Llangollen, along the incredible 307m Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which straddles the River Dee and through 421m Chirk Tunnel, both built more than two centuries ago. If you happen to be in Llangollen on a weekend, take a ride on the historic Ruabon to Barmouth Line which winds through the storybook North Wales countryside, an absolute cracker. From Llangollen you need to return the boat to Whittington, allow three days each way. See Whittington Wharf narrowboats [whittington-wharf.com] for more information.
I'm visiting Portugal later this year, to get around Portugal's non-acceptance of our International COVID Certificate I'll be flying into Paris, have my certificate details converted at a pharmacy then continue to Portugal.
J. Monaghan, Maryborough VIC
No need for that Paris detour. Two kind and alert readers have written to advise that Australia's International COVID Vaccine Certificate is sufficient for entry to Portugal. One reader attached written advice from TAP, Portugal's national airline, with the information "Portugal also accepts vaccination and recovery certificates from the following countries:" One of those countries is Australia.
The other reader, who visited Portugal in early April, wrote "On trains from Lisbon to Porto, Braga , Sintra etc, they checked green certificate which I did not have. I showed them my digital Australian International COVID Certificate and all they did was check the dates for the three vaccinations. No other check on COVID certificate at restaurants or hotels."
My family is planning a trip to Queensland, what if one or more of us contracts COVID and has to isolate, possibly one after another? M. de Witt, Box Hill South VIC
If any of your family develops COVID-19 symptoms they need to get tested. A positive test requires them to immediately isolate for seven days after the test. Isolation means staying away from others including family members as much as possible. If you don't have somewhere suitable to isolate, call 134 268 for help. The website of the Queensland Government [qld.gov.au/health] has more information.