Things To keep in Mind while visiting Norfolk Island during COVID-19
Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Want a trip overseas without leaving Australia? There aren’t too many places that can offer this once in a lifetime experience. A holiday to Norfolk Island ticks all of the boxes. From the moment of departure from the international terminal (that’s right, I said International terminal) using your passport or drivers licence as identification and, guess what? You might be the only people at the terminal as there are very few international flights leaving Australia during the times of COVID recovery. A short 2 hour journey on your Air New Zealand flight finds you arriving at the beautiful emerald isle of Norfolk Island emerging out of the azure blue sea. As part of your Norfolk Island package deal you will be whisked off from the airport in your complimentary transfer bus to Channers On Norfolk where your hosts, Steve and Kerri-Ann, will be waiting for you to help you settle into your modern, well-appointed apartment, sign you up for your holiday rental vehicle and offer you some home-made coconut cake. You’ll be so happy you made the choice to holiday on Norfolk Island.
You can start your Norfolk Island holiday by doing your free half day island tour, one of the best and most comprehensive tours Norfolk Island has to offer. The tour stops at many points of interest around the island with a local guide to answer any of your questions - all part of your holiday package deal. Channers has a close relationship with all of the island tour companies and can help you choose which experiences would best suit your needs. Just ask your hosts to check up on the local offerings and any special events happening on island that week.
The best Norfolk Island holiday travel deals are at Channers on Norfolk. They offer the best holiday packages and can help with tours and travel deals when they are available. As far as island holidays go, Norfolk Island holiday deals are hard to beat. A holiday on Norfolk Island is just what the doctor ordered – a sure way to forget the Covid quiet time and have a well-deserved break. It’s paradise right at your doorstep.
A holiday to Norfolk Island is very safe. As part of Norfolk Island’s COVID free policy we offer many safeguards to help prevent the spread of the virus. All common areas have complimentary hand sanitizer, special and rigorous cleaning protocols have been put in place which include free pump pack hand soaps and sanitised surfaces. Some bus tours will require a mask whist riding on the bus but other than that most restrictions have been lifted excluding social distancing. Norfolk Island is a fresh clean welcoming environment that did not experience one single COVID 19 case and we are all striving to ensure it stays that way through awareness and education of tourists and locals alike.
In these trying times it is clear that Aussies love to travel and since the restrictions and borders have been lifted we are seeing droves of Aussies coming to visit this pristine island. This has brought new challenges to our emergency services personnel who are comprised of officials from the community, from special services and community protection services. That, coupled with the constant communication with the federal government via our Norfolk Island Administrator, has seen Norfolk supplied with everything it needs to push through this pandemic. Some things to remember when travelling to the island:
You must complete an online Norfolk Island Entry Pass which needs to be completed 72 – 24 hours prior to travel date
If you have been in a COVID-19 Hotspot in the previous 14 days you will not be permitted to travel to Norfolk Island;
If you are denied entry as a result of your Norfolk Island Entry Pass you will not be permitted to travel.
If you arrive on Norfolk Island and then develop COVID-19 type symptoms you will be required to quarantine and undergo testing as determined by NIHRACS (local hospital). Should a positive swab test be returned, you will be required to immediately isolate on the island at an approved location until advised that isolation is no longer required by NIHRACS. Accommodation and food during this time will be at your expense;
If you travel with another person who develops symptoms you may also be requested to isolate and be tested. Accommodation and food during this time will be at your expense.
It’s a Covid Reset!
Norfolk Island is now ready to reset after the pandemic and provide visitors with an upgraded island experience with a renewed vigour and purpose to make this “the best little island in the world”. New businesses are opening and new tours are operating helping to reinvigorate the economy and put Norfolk Island on the map as a ‘must see’ destination. New tour buses have been brought to the island to enhance the Norfolk Island tours and your overall Norfolk Island holiday experience. New tours include the Commandants Dinner offering you a great insight into convict days over a three course dinner, Colleen McCullough’s private home tour which takes you behind the scenes and shows you where some of Australia’s most famous literature was penned and some of the old favourites such as Progressive Dinner and an Island Fish Feast.
The Bounty Folk Museum is the only privately owned museum on the island and it has just been purchased by a family who wish to see it become the premier tourist experience on Norfolk Island. There are four government owned museums as well that can be accessed with a Museum Pass and located in the World Heritage Listed convict area of Kingston. There are great package deals for the museums that also include free tag-a-log tours and a Cemetery Tour for excellent value.
As you can see, there is a plethora of experiences on the island to make your “overseas” holiday in paradise a delight and a memory that will stay with you forever. The best holiday packages can be found at Channers On Norfolk who can provide full holiday package deals which include a free tour, airfares, accommodation, hire car, free internet and much, much more.
A Holiday on Norfolk Island
This is the time to really take advantage and travelling to a place you have always wanted to visit but may have gone for an overseas destination previously. A holiday on Norfolk Island is one you will treasure forever and you will definitely tell all your friends and family about your great travel package deal and service provided by the best – Channers on Norfolk. Your Norfolk Island Package Deal is a must and it’s so simple to book. All you need to do is confirm dates and final pricing and pay just one amount. The rest is taken care of for you with efficiency and personalised service. It’s then just a matter of time to pack and make your way to Norfolk Island for the ‘rest’ of your life – what are you waiting for?