A podcast about Brits living in Australia by former UK radio newsreader turned podcaster, Anna Moran.


episode 4: 4: Managing Travel With Australia's Closed Borders

Jennie Bardsley is a travel agent from Dukinfield, Greater Manchester who came to Australia in 1992. 

Within a year of arriving in Perth, Jennie set up her own travel agency called British Travel and is still in business today, almost thirty years later. 

Prior to the COVID19 pandemic, Jennie’s main customers were Aussies booking overseas trips and coach tours throughout Europe. 

However, since Australia closed its international borders in March 2020, she has become highly experienced in understanding the strict government exemption rules and organising flights on behalf of Brits who need to return to the UK. 

Bullet points of key topics & time stamps: 

●  08:34 - each country you transit through and travel to have their own rules  

●  11:26 - Jennie talks about coping with the surge in demand and her alopecia caused by the stress  

●  15:44 - British Travel helped a man get back to the UK in time for the birth of his child 

●  17:52 - AU$15,000 for flights in August 2020   

●  21:18 - Jennie’s predictions for future travel restrictions  

List of resources mentioned in episode, suggested reading & social media handles:  

●  Updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  

●  Australian government rules on leaving Australia 

● DFAT (Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) 


This episode if sponsored by British Travel. Specialists in bringing Australians stranded overseas back home and compassionate travel. Highly experienced in assisting with travel exemptions to leave Australia.  

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