Australia reopening on February 21 for fully-vaxxed travellers
After almost two years of having one of the world’s toughest travel restrictions, Australia’s reopening is within sight as Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed that the country will welcome fully-vaccinated tourists and business travellers starting February 21.
PM ScoMo made the announcement today hours after the government’s national security committee was briefed on the latest health advice. Details on travel requirements and protocols are being ironed out.
Morrison said that the move would boost the tourism industry that has been flattened by the pandemic. Although the international borders have been reopened in late 2021, entry has only been allowed for citizens, permanent residents and their families. It was later expanded to international students, backpackers and migrant workers.
“I know the tourism industry will be looking forward to that. The condition is you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia. That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it,” he said.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will still require an exemption and be subject to the relevant state and territory quarantine requirements.
The move was prompted by the downward trend of Omicron cases in the country. Health Minister Greg Hunt said hospitalisations from the virus were down 27% since the peak of the Omicron wave.
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