The COVID-19 outbreak has affected how the world works in so many ways, including how we’re able to travel safely. The following tips will help you better understand the new challenges and get you ready for your trip to Australia:
- Before locking in your flight, find out if any travel restrictions or bans apply — in both your destination and origin. Keep informed with the latest updates by reviewing government and airport websites.
- When you pass through airport checkpoints, do not remove your face mask. You will be asked to lower it briefly for identification purposes. Those who refuse to wear a face mask may face civil penalties and may also be escorted from the terminal.
- Do not hand your boarding pass (electronic or paper) directly to a TSA officer. Instead, you should place the pass on the reader and then hold it up so the agent can inspect it.
- You can take one container of hand sanitizer up to 12 oz (350 ml) in your carry-on baggage. This will need to be taken out for X-ray screening.
- To minimize handling during the screening process, place items such as your loose change and phone into your carry-on rather than into the bins.
- Transport any food items in a clear plastic bag and also put them in a screening bin. Keeping your food separate from your carry-on means it’s less likely a TSA employee will need to open your bag for inspection.