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.

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