Australia opens its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists

February 07, 2022

Australia will open its borders to fully vaccinated international tourists from February 21, 2022.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the decision following a meeting of the National Security Council.

“I know the tourism industry will be looking forward to that and over the next two weeks they’ll get the opportunity for them to be gearing up to welcome international visitors back to Australia,” Mr. Morrison said.

“The condition is you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia. That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it.

“I think events earlier in the year should have sent a very clear message to everyone around the world that it is the requirement to enter into Australia.”

Unvaccinated travelers will need to apply for an exemption and will have to undergo hotel quarantine if they are granted permission.

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Philip Goh, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, commented;

“Today’s announcement by the Australian government to open its borders to all vaccinated travelers from 21 February 2022 is greatly welcomed by the airline community and a big step forward.

“The Asia Pacific region has been very cautious in its approach to border restrictions so far but in recent weeks, we have seen growing momentum towards relaxation of travel restrictions – in the Philippines, Thailand, and to some extent New Zealand.

“We urge other governments in the Asia Pacific to look at similarly further easing their border restrictions so as to enable aviation businesses to accelerate their much-needed recovery and to bring maximum benefits to their economies.”

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