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1. Posted by TravelGeisha (Budding Member 4 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hi I’m beginning to find it difficult to get solid info on flights between these three counties .
My initial plan is Auckland to Samoa to Cooks to Tahiti returning to Auckland. Or the reverse,Auckland to Tahiti to Cooks to Samoa return Auckland.
I do realize that with the Covid situation timetables are off. Will it be easier for me to book these flights with an Auckland agency once travel has become possible ?? In which case , some advice needed as coming from France . I’m British. I did a trial run and found the time zones hard to manage.
Any information will be more than welcome, thanking you in advance .

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

At the moment NZ is closed to almost all visitors. The few visitors who are allowed to enter have to isolate for 14 days at an approved facility. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/new-zealand/entry-requirements

(NB When it comes to visas & entry requirements it is your citizenship that is relevant rather than your place of residnce.)

As far as I know, no date has been set for the lifting of those restrictions. Imo, until that situation clarifies it seems pointless to investigate potential flight options because there's no way of knowing or even guessing future timetables and availability nor what restrictions may remain in place. That applies to travel agents just as much as to individual travellers.

I know it's frustrating but it is as it is. Be patient and your options will become clearer as the situation improves.

[ Edit: Edited on 2 Apr 2021, 10:50 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2250 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I don't think a travel agency brings anything to the party other than additional cost. Once flights are scheduled you'll be able to search them on Skyscanner etc, but I'd then book direct with the airline.

As Leics has said, NZ is still closed. First opening is likely to be trans-tasman, ie Australians allowed in, and a travel corridor to the Cook Islands, which are a NZ territory. I imagine by the time all comers (ie us Brits) are allowed in they'll have travel open between NZ and Samoa, Tahiti etc. So the thing to watch for is UK citizens being allowed in.

NZ's hope is to vaccinate their population with the Pfizer vaccine in the 2nd half of the year. I'm expecting that will be the point at which they reopen for visitors, but things are far from certain.

When did you hope to travel?

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5. Posted by TravelGeisha (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi thanks for the replies. I’m quite aware that during Covid restrictions I can’t book anything. What I had a hard time figuring out, was which airlines fly these routes ! I started looking last Jan/ February when flights were still on ( 2020). I was in Thailand, and thought to break up the long flights I could fly to Singapore to Auckland. ( I’m 68 and very well travelled). So far, easy. I started checking out the Auckland, Samoa , cooks, Tahiti and got in a right old mess. I also found there weren’t many flights between these islands. What I really need is info, so that I can start planning once we are able to. Good reliable airlines etc. As for visas, can they all be done on the internet as ill have already left home . As I said I’m British. This is going to be a big and costly trip for me , so I want to get it right. Otherwise, when gadding about South America and Asia I do more or less everything on the spur of the moment. I want to come in the dry season , and the warmer the weather the better! Sorry , I’ve written a book ! Thanks for any pointers, cheers.

6. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

The trouble with researching flights and routes now is that there is no guarantee that there will be the same number of airlines flying the same routes when you are looking to book. When the right time comes I suggest you use https://www.skyscanner.com to determine what airlines are operating your preferred routes....but do book on the airline's own website. I very much doubt any are 'unreliable'.

As for visas, you'll need to check entry requirements much nearer the time you want to go (entry requirements can and do change quite swiftly). Check the official FCO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice where you can search by country to find out the exact entry requirements for UK citizens. The site is regularly updated. For example, in normal times UK citizens don't need a visa for Samoa for up to 60 days or the Cook Islands for up to 30 days......but both countries have closed their borders to all but special exemptions. No-one here or anywhere else knows how long the Covid-specific restrictions will last.

7. Posted by TravelGeisha (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Leics2 thanks for the info. Yes, I am waiting patiently. Very frustrating as I have all these plans for post retirement and the pandemic has halted everything normal. Still. I’m very grateful for not being ill and when you see the world suffering you can’t complain. My first long trip will be as said, and the next is a photo safari in South Africa !

stay safe !

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2320 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>Very frustrating as I have all these plans for post retirement and the pandemic has halted everything normal.

You are most certainly not alone...but it is as it is.

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

It remains difficult to plan far ahead when it comes to flights since many airlines continue to adjust schedules for a variety of reasons, including demand. They may announce flights only to drop them later. It's wise not to book too far ahead, or to have alternative plans and flights in mind. This is particularly so for international travel, where demand is weakest.

You'll see this at this Web site: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/

These also might be helpful links: https://www.etontravel.com/latest-travel-alerts/

https://www.flightconnections.com/

https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

I plan to resume international travel in the second half of the year and already have made some arrangements. But I haven't yet booked flights. That will come later. I expect fares to rise as demand increases while capacity remains constrained.

International trips require more advance planning. For example, are you required to undergo COVID-19 tests before entering a country and before exiting? Are you required to show proof of vaccination? If so, what's acceptable? I've been vaccinated and now have a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention card as proof. But I'm also looking to store test and vaccination results with digital passport services, such as CLEAR Health Pass, CommonPass, ICC AOKpass, VeriFLY and others.

I share the sentiments of leics2: "Be patient and your options will become clearer as the situation improves."

10. Posted by TravelGeisha (Budding Member 4 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

berner256, thanks, my vaccins will be good soon. I definitely believe in some sort of international certificate card. Thanks for the web sites.