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The Digital Passenger Declaration app works? Do not make me chuckle


I can not agree extra in regards to the Australian Digital Passenger Declaration being a nightmare (Traveller Letters, June 11). Border Drive’s assertions that it really works are laughable. I submitted my declaration not less than 5 instances, every time receiving an e mail to say I had efficiently accomplished the declaration. Nevertheless subsequent makes an attempt to retrieve the declaration have been met with incorrect password, password reset required, incomplete info alert, failure to scan the worldwide vaccination certificates barcode and extra. Travellers, keep away from some pointless stress by taking screenshots of your declaration outcomes, together with your DPD registration quantity, earlier than logging out.

Colleen Jackson, Ballarat, VIC


Regrettably, the Digital Passenger Declaration type is not the one app from the Division of Residence Affairs that does not work. Earlier than departing Darwin on a world flight final week I fastidiously crammed out the main points of my purchases on the Vacationer Refund Scheme app. Once I offered my TRS declare, full with QR code, to the Border Drive employees they instructed me the app would not work with their computer systems at Darwin airport they usually gave me a paper type to fill out. Perhaps the app ought to let individuals know which airports the app works in and which of them it would not.

Karen Stanley, Essendon, VIC


Extra enjoyable and video games (not!) from the Division of Residence Affairs. With cruising returning to Australia, I came upon that passengers arriving by sea are anticipated to finish a “Maritime Journey Declaration”. The time window to do that could possibly be problematic for passengers.

Gerhard Engleitner, Hurstville, NSW



On a uncommon free Saturday my precedence was a renewed passport for my god-daughter’s wedding ceremony. The native publish workplace was closed resulting from employees sickness. 5 minutes north, that one was additionally closed. Fifteen minutes south was the identical. One signal stated attempt up the hill or by the ocean. The primary was closed, and the latter did not course of passports. Monday afternoon, the native was open however the machine was down. Wednesday afternoon, the central PO could not see the margin indicators on the printed type. One hour later, re-print, images and cash ($300) taken, all carried out – pending ease of backlog.

Stephen Goldrick, Corrimal, NSW


Now that we’re planning abroad journey once more, and after two years of dressing in LTL (Lockdown Tragic Leisurewear), it is time to add model to the “Pack Mentality” (Traveller Letters, June 11). A capsule wardrobe of just some clothes constructed from pure fibres – appropriate for layering in all seasons, simple for care and nice for consolation – and a small pack of equipment, the strolling footwear you put on onboard, an ankle boot for dress-ups and you’ve got it packed.

Judith Salmon, Haberfield, NSW


After a protracted hiatus, I lately flew from Melbourne to Darwin this week and confronted the brand new age of COVID air journey in Australia, which included lengthy traces at Melbourne airport safety. Nevertheless, the primary motive for the traces was not travellers being unprepared for safety, as instructed by some, however fairly the antiquated safety scanners on the Qantas Melbourne home terminal. These outdated scanners nonetheless require passengers to take out their laptops and gadgets. As an alternative, the airport ought to use scanners which permit us to maintain our computer systems in our luggage. These scanners have been round for years and are utilized in Melbourne Airport’s worldwide terminal in addition to in Darwin Airport. I fear that saving cash is being thought-about extra necessary than making life simpler for travellers.

Simon Benedict, Docklands, VIC

Editor’s word: Traveller lined the difficulty of the brand new scanners lately. Sadly a few of Australia’s main airports have been unable to supply an sufficient rationalization as to why these extra environment friendly scanners haven’t been rolled out over the previous three years. Learn extra right here.

After receiving a letter from Qantas, asking whether or not the difficulty had been resolved a month after the lack of our bags, I really feel compelled to listing the inconveniences of this expertise. On arrival in Hobart our checked bag was not on our delayed flight from Sydney. Queued with others on our flight in the identical predicament to be given a reference quantity to name. Following days have been spent on the cellphone with a recorded message to hearken to, missed booked excursions and time spent looking for substitute gadgets like cellphone chargers and underwear

Milana Votrubec, Manly, NSW

Jacqueline Homer’s expertise (Traveller Letters, June 11) introduced again recollections flying Qantas from Sydney to Rome 19 years in the past. About an hour after take off, my husband and I have been congratulated and offered with a bottle of champagne on what was our honeymoon journey. After transit in Singapore for a few hours, we have been shocked and overwhelmed when once more, about an hour or so into the flight we have been offered with one other bottle of champagne and extra congratulations. Due to Qantas we have been in a position to rejoice effectively with our members of the family in Rome who had been unable to attend the marriage. It is good to see that Qantas continues to be marking their passengers’ particular occasions.

Anthea Kenyon. Googong NSW


I learn with pleasure the outline of the Loy La Lengthy boutique lodge in Bangkok (Traveller Letters, June 11) and I’d love somebody to compile a e-book of comparable resorts all over the world. It might be heartening to know of such locations in Australia and New Zealand however I worry that nothing like them exist or in the event that they do, the prices can be prohibitive. Maybe your readers may write in with their ideas.

Clare Purbrick, Nagambie, VIC


As a very long time bicycle tourer I can empathise with the earlier correspondent who remonstrated as to the necessity to field bicycles (Traveller Letters, June 11). My first bike journey expertise was not dissimilar when bikes have been merely wheeled on and off the airplane with solely the tyres deflated. I arrived in Hobart with two mates in 1989 on New 12 months’s Eve. We realised we did not have a pump for one mate’s bike’s completely different valves to re-inflate the bike tyres. In consequence, we adopted him in a taxi together with his bike dangling out of the rear boot laughing all the way in which to Hobart.

John Anderson, MacMasters Seashore, NSW



In the course of the countless months of Melbourne’s lockdown I by no means thought I’d hear myself say that maybe there’s a silver lining to COVID in spite of everything. Due to the hiatus in our typical annual abroad journey, we have now holidayed at residence, together with in Tasmania with its pristine wilderness, colonial historical past and spectacular shoreline. Extra lately, a visit to the Pink Centre confirmed us the beautiful colors of Australia, its historical historical past and spirituality by way of Indigenous eyes, and the countless vistas and rock formations of the outback. Uluru (ayersrockresort.com.au), full with rain pouring down the rock and shrouded in mist, was an unforgettable sight. And to suppose all this was on the market in our personal yard, simply ready to be seen. So thanks, COVID, for not less than affording us the chance to rediscover Australia.

Brenda Hateley, Mulgrave, VIC


Ensure that to queue early to catch trains in Spain (renfe.com) as baggage has to undergo a safety machine and the queues might be lengthy. Travelling from Madrid to Sarria by practice earlier this month, we might come from Switzerland the place we might innocently purchased a boxed and sealed kitchen set containing a knife, scissors and peeler with the knife confiscated. So, resist the urge to purchase sharp and pointy devices if travelling by practice inside Spain. That stated, the quick practice is wonderful, travelling at almost 300 kilometres. E-book your seat means forward of time, as seats go fairly rapidly.

Grace Soriano, Ashburton, VIC


With all of the challenges of flying out of Sydney, we determined to go native for the current lengthy weekend. Having pushed previous it a thousand instances we selected to provide the South Coast seaside city Kiama (visitnsw.com) – simply over an hour and a half from the town, a go – and remembered to really flip off after we received there. What a terrific resolution. It was a beautiful stress-free drive by way of the nationwide park on the way in which down with incredible lodging, a terrific coastal stroll (with Bombo quarry being a spotlight), a go to to rainforests and treetop sky walks and wonderful eating places in addition. We left refreshed and replenished and we will certainly return.

Nigel Leverett, Epping, NSW


A good friend instructed us if we stayed in a single day in Bangkok to make certain and go to the Jim Thompson gardens and home (jimthompsonhouse.com) if we may. We did and it was great. The backstory of his life and disappearance was mysterious. He was an American agent of some kind and helped the Thai individuals rediscover their misplaced arts and the silk commerce. To high it off we had a connoisseur Thai lunch within the adjoining restaurant and drank a Jim Thompson Cocktail to rejoice. Nobody ever mentions this in any critiques and I can not suggest it extremely sufficient.

Kris Mckeon, Cowra, NSW


I’m an unbiased traveller making an attempt to return to regular post-COVID. I lately visited New Caledonia (newcaledonia.journey) the French territory within the South Pacific whose nationwide airline declared it open for enterprise. Beware and do your homework fastidiously. Usually a cruise vacation spot, the capital of Noumea was useless, particularly on evenings and weekends. I used to be the one vacationer staying on the YHA and will discover no group excursions working to the reef or different components of the island. Bus companies have been restricted and I ended up hitchhiking, at 67. Being a glass-half-full gal, I met the locals, practised my French, and de-rusted my journey expertise because it was a fairly difficult expertise harking back to pre-internet instances. Journey gentle with a way of humour.

Gerdette Rooney, Glebe, NSW

EDITOR’S NOTE As our reader implies on the finish of her letter, the pandemic has been devastating to most, if not all, South Pacific tourism-dependent locations. By visiting them sooner fairly than later you will be rushing their path to restoration although you should definitely do your analysis earlier than you go.


Germany has a €9 public transport ticket obtainable throughout every June, July and August . You should purchase it on-line (bahn.com) and obtain the Deutsche Bahn (DB) app. Any ticket is legitimate for less than the month of buy however you should buy now for all three months.

Angela Cook dinner, Parkside, SA


The Letter of the Week author wins Hardie Grant journey books price greater than $100. For June, that features Final Biking Journeys: Australia by Andrew Bain; On the Himalayan Path by Romy Gill; and Rewilding Children Australia by Melissa Mylchreest.

See hardiegrant.com

The Tip of the Week author wins a set of three nice Lonely Planet journey books, together with Final Australia Journey Record, The Journey E-book and Armchair Explorer.

See store.lonelyplanet.com


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