Fly to Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic

    We’re fielding a number of queries from clients looking to travel to the UK and Europe before the end of 2020, mostly to visit friends or relatives or to return home. This seems relatively simple at first glance, as a small number of airlines are now flying regularly from Auckland to Europe, including Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airlines with one-way fares as low as $1450 ex Auckland.

    The only carrier flying directly out of Christchurch is Singapore Airlines every Tuesday, with connections onto London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. From 10 September, this will increase to 2 flights per week (Tuesday and Thursdays) and from 6 October to 3 flights per week (Sat as well). The re-instatement of these flights will provide additional connections Barcelona & Copenhagen.

    However, the UK government requires travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in England if travelling from, or transiting through the vast majority of countries, including Doha and the UAE. This list is regularly updated and a few countries are still exempt – they are listed here

    The list of current exemptions or ‘travel corridors’ includes New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea & Malaysia, but due to very limited flight schedules, the only transit point on this exemption list that Kiwis can easily fly from NZ via to get to the UK apart from Singapore is Hong Kong. Air NZ and Cathay Pacific will fly you via Hong Kong into London Heathrow, albeit with a 18 hour layover in Hong Kong. So, please contact us for further details of this route, including indicative fares in economy, Premium Economy and Business Class.