Great news for all the tourists around the world. Australia is going to reopen for tourists from the 21st of February 2022. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has just announced the return of international tourists to Australia. It’s big news for overseas tourists and visitors who want to spend their vacations in Australia.
The international borders of Australia have been closed since March 2020. People weren’t allowed to enter Australia due to the strict border measures. The Australian Government had put travel restrictions to protect its community health. However, all the travel restrictions in Australia will end on February 21.
Conditions of Return of International Tourists to Australia
Scott Morrison has confirmed that international borders closure will end by February 21, 2022. However, there’re some conditions which you must meet to enter Australia.
- In order to visit Australia, one must have had 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
- Unvaccinated travelers must apply for an exemption before traveling to Australia.
- Hotel quarantine is required for international tourists who’ll return to Australia.
It has been 2 years since Australia has closed its international borders due to Covid-19. The Australian Government is set to end the travel restrictions for fully vaccinated people now. In response to new medical advice, Scott Morrison has set February 21 as a date of return of international tourists to Australia.
Statements by Scott Morrison
On the return of international tourists to Australia, Scott Morrison stated that:
The condition is you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia.
He added that:
That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it.
The Australian tourism bodies will welcome this news. They’ve been eagerly waiting for the border closure to end as it has hindered many businesses in Australia. As stated by Mr. Scott Morrison, an individual must have two doses of vaccine to be considered vaccinated.
In reference to the recent Novak Djokovic saga, Scott Morrison has made it clear that unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter Australia. Even if they hold a correct visa but don’t have the exemption, Australia will not let them enter.
Scott Morrison said that:
I think events earlier in the year should have sent a very clear message to everyone around the world that (that) is the requirement to enter into Australia.
Karen Andrews on Return of International Tourists
According to Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, unvaccinated travelers will still require to apply for travel exemption to enter Australia. Upon arrival in Australia, they will have to be in quarantine. She said that international tourists who fail to comply with the safety precautions of Covid-19 will be deported.
Karen Andrews stated:
To be able to enter Australia, if you are a non-Australian, you need to have a valid visa and you need to demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated or that you have medical evidence to say that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
If you speak, specifically, about Mr. Djokovic, the issue was he couldn’t prove that he had a medical reason for not being vaccinated.
The Australian Government has confirmed this great news of the return of international tourists. They’ll be allowed to enter Australia from the 21st of February, 2022. If you want to enter Australia, you must be fully vaccinated. If you’re not vaccinated, you apply for a travel exemption. You’ll undergo a hotel quarantine after arriving in Australia.
International tourists must meet these conditions to visit Australia. If you need help with how you can meet the travel conditions successfully, feel free to contact us.
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Source : ABC NEWS
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