Coronavirus Update

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have updated health traveller advice on Smartraveller to Level 4 – Do not travel to all of mainland China.

Platinum stands by its airline, cruise and ground partners who have altered or cancelled services to or from mainland China in a bid to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff, and are working closely with them to minimise disruptions to client travel. Happily, disruptions have thus far been minimal and manageable, with travel networks supporting each other in the provision of low or no-cost travel alternatives, which Platinum has full and ready access to. We encourage you to contact your dedicated advisor with questions or queries.

For the most recent and up-to-date advice regarding the outbreak, please visit Smartraveller: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/novel-coronavirus-outbreak

Qatar to fly direct to Dubrovnik and Santorini

Qatar has announced new seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Croatia and Santorini, Greece, beginning May, 2020. The new flight routes will provide a one-stop journey between Australia and these ever-popular Mediterranean hot spots.

Dubrovnik, the airline’s second destination in Croatia (after Zagreb), will have 3-weekly seasonal services from 18 May until 23 October, 2020, expanding to 5-weekly between 15 June – 4 October.

Santorini marks Qatar’s fourth destination in Greece, joining Athens, Mykonos and Thessaloniki with up to four weekly flights and counting.

"The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built" is coming to Australia

Regent Seven Seas Explorer, hailed as “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built,” will arrive in Australia for the first time in December, 2020.

The darling of the Regent fleet will stop in Darwin on 28 December, 2020, before reaching Sydney on 6 January, 2021. After visiting Melbourne and Burnie, she will then sail across the Tasman to Auckland as part of her 2020/21 Australia and New Zealand cruising season.

Over US $450 million was spent on building the exclusive 475 all-suite, all-balcony ship; featuring 473 homemade chandeliers and over an acre of marble! You can revisit our article on Regent’s Explorer here.

New visa requirements for Chile delayed

The Chilean Government has implemented a new visa requirement for Australian citizens, but plans to roll out the electronic visa – which Australians will need to apply for prior to their arrival in Chile – have been placed on hold until at least May, 2020.

The new electronic visa is expected to be issued free of charge for a trial period: Platinum will keep affected clients updated on an individual basis.

Virgin Australia partners with All Nippon Airways

Virgin Australia and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have recently announced a partnership agreement to enhance the connectivity between Australia and Japan.

Under the agreement, the airlines will implement codeshare flights within Japan and Australia and introduce reciprocal frequent flyer benefits to their respective members. The codeshare agreement means ANA customers will be able to check their bags through to their final destination with one seamless booking experience.

Travel to Japan is expected to increase again in 2020, with the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo from 24 July.

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