Australia is Opening Up!

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The wait is finally over! There is a little over one week before Australia’s borders reopen to ALL international travellers and for Australian tourism and hospitality businesses, the news couldn’t be more welcome.

To those wishing to travel down under, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, “you must be double-vaccinated.”

Visitors from Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan have been able to freely travel to Australia for some time now with the rest of the world to join them in being able to travel to Australia quarantine-free from February 21st.

Unvaccinated travellers who hold a valid medical exemption will still be able to come to Australia but must quarantine for the full 14 day period.

The Prime Minister also said that three doses of the vaccine would “never” be necessary as the chief medical officer has advised that two doses will be sufficient.

It is important to note that every Australian state except New South Wales has its own international arrival caps and travellers must make their own enquiries about how many visitors will be allowed into that state.

Meanwhile, Western Australia has updated its Covid-19 protocols for travellers into the state.

The quarantine period will be reduced from 14 to 7 days for eligible interstate and international arrivals, fully-vaccinated direct international arrivals will now be able to quarantine at home and the direct international arrivals cap for Perth will double to 530 people.

Unvaccinated arrivals in WA will be required to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine, while masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors for the entire 14 day period.

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