Travel just got easier: No more pre-departure tests for New Caledonia, Tahiti, Indonesia

International travel is going back to what it once was as more and more countries are dropping travel requirements.

Joining the party are New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Indonesia as all countries are dropping their pre-departure testing requirements.

For New Caledonia a RAT test is still required, however, these can be done for free in pharmacies across the country.

As of yesterday, all fully vaccinated travellers heading to Indonesia no longer need a pre-departure PCR test.

“In good news for travellers who have already paid for this test it appears some major test providers are providing refunds,” said Miriam Tulevski, Visit Indonesia tourism officer, Australia.

“This morning we’ve spoken to Sonic Travel Testing, one of Australia’s largest providers of pre-departure PCR test services and confirmed they will refund the cost of tests less a $20 administration fee.

“Another provider, Histopath Diagnostic Specialists at Sydney Airport is providing a full refund. Travellers should contact their provider before they fly to check what refunds are available and start the process.”

The new protocol clarifies the rules for foreign travellers below 18 years. Children travelling on non-Indonesian passports are not required to show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Unvaccinated foreign travellers will still need a pre-departure PCR test and will undergo quarantine. COVID insurance is also still required.

Vaccinated Aussies heading to The Islands of Tahiti no longer have to take a pre-departure test, but unvaccinated travellers still have to take a test.

These countries join the list of other countries around the world slowly removing their travel requirements.

Thailand and Singapore dropped its testing requirements late last month and Fiji dropped it early this month.