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Australia to re-open its borders to fully vaccinated tourists

Tourism Australia is excited to be welcoming back travellers to Australia, following today’s announcement that Australia is reopening its borders to quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated travellers from 21st February 2022. The announcement is part of Australia’s planned re-opening of international travel and builds on quarantine-free travel arrangements with Singapore, which came into effect on 21 November 2021, and for visitors from Japan and South Korea along with Working Holiday Makers from 15 December 2021. The Australian Government has announced Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, tourists, business travellers and other visitors from 21st February. Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia, and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements. Australia’s relative isolation from the rest of the world, coupled with its sparsely populated landscape and natural wonders, have never been more precious and desirable, and it is hoped that travellers will jump on the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again. Key points in detail ●     From 21st February 2022, visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption. ●     To be eligible to enter Australia, international travellers must:
  • hold a valid Australian visa.
  • be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and provide proof of vaccination status.
  • Present a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).
●     As of 7th February 2022, fully vaccinated visa holders can enter all states and territories quarantine-free from 21st February 2022, except for Western Australia. ●     Travellers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly so it is important to check the latest requirements before travelling. Travellers are also encouraged to check any requirements for stopover destinations that they are transitioning through. ●     For requirements for travel into specific states and territories in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs guide to State and Territory Information. ●     For more information on travelling to Australia visit the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs guide to Travelling to Australia.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Although all the bureaucracy seems like a lot of trouble at the time for a big trip like Australia, it will undoubtedly be worth it. Last week I took my first trip abroad and as soon as I was sat in the sun with a beer I forgot all about the hassle.

  2. What ever the bureaucracy, however much form filling, there are a lot of us desperate to reunite with our families. I’ve got an 18 month old granddaughter who I’ve never seen in the flesh.

  3. much obliged for sharing the post, Although all the organization appears to be a great difficult situation at the ideal opportunity for a major excursion like Australia, everything will work out just fine. Last week I went on my first outing abroad and when I was sat in the sun with a lager I disregarded the problem.

  4. Booked plane(s) to Brissy, 4 stopovers and 39hr flight! Been going to Oz for winter holiday for 15 years. Had an opal mine claim at the ‘Ridge’ which was great. Now my Ozzie mining mate lives in Qld and we’re off boulder opal mining and gold prospecting on the Palmer River up in Cape York. Talk about a bonza holiday!! Get that Akubra,some sunnies slop on the factor 50, and have the holiday to tell your kid’s about. By the way I’m 79, so you younguns have got years of fun aheadof you.G’day to you all.

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