Flight Review: JQ8 Singapore – Melbourne on Jetstar Business Max

This is what you need to do on/before 2 March 2022 (because border requirements change so frequently, it is best to check and double, triple check) before you fly to Melbourne.

  1. Go for an ART test $27.20 after GST 24hours before you board the plane.
  2. Present the Negative ART memo to the ground staff. You also need to show your Vaxxed cert and Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) and a valid tourist visa. E-copy is fine.
  3. Upon arrival, you have 24hours to test yourself. Either use an ART test kit you bought in SG or buy 1 at Chemistwarehouse or Supermarkets.
  4. Test yourself. If you are negative, you are free to go… otherwise, you have to be quarantined (check respective state health for Q0 requirements – touch wood).
  5. There are no requirements for you to submit your ART result but you have to take a picture as evidence in case you are randomly selected to submit them.

There were only 2 counters opened. No business class priority line.

I went straight to the Qantas lounge upon check-in. Only the Qantas business class lounge is opened. There were not many people at the lounge. The last QF flight out of Singapore was at 8.30pm and the lounge closes shortly after that.

JQ8 departs at 9.25pm and there’s no boarding announcement. You dont have to worry that you will miss your flight because JQ passengers will be asked to leave once the last QF flight departs SG.

Due to Covid, there was no help-yourself buffet style service, you get table-service buffet style instead.

Boarding time

Business class was about 60% full. Economy class was about 75%.

I was too full from my dinner at the lounge and I did not order a main for dinner. The JQ staff was nice and attentive. The cabin manager noticed that I did not order my main and offered to get me something from the paid menu. I politely asked for a Pringles. Haha.

I did order an omelette for my breakfast though.

I arrived in Melbourne at 7.40am. I whizzed through immigration and customs because there were hardly anyone arriving in Melbourne at that time. Happy holidays!

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