Australia plans to open International borders for vaccinated travellers

Australia plans to open International borders for vaccinated travellers

Australia has plan to open international border for vaccinated travellers from New Zealand on Monday.

According to Australia’s tourism minister, as the country readies itself for a partial reopening of its international borders for the first time since March 2020, vaccinated citizens and permanent residents living in New South Wales, Victoria and the capital Canberra will be free to fly internationally without the need of an exemption or to quarantine upon return.

However, only tourists from neighbouring New Zealand will be allowed into Australia, provided they are vaccinated.

“The resumption of quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia is another important marker on our road to recovery,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said.

Australia closed its borders at the start of the pandemic, allowing only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents to return from abroad, subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period in a hotel at their own expense.

“Over 80% of people 16 and older in New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra are fully vaccinated, a condition for the resumption of international travel.


There were more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases recorded across Australia on Sunday, with 1,036 in Victoria and 177 infections in New South Wales.

There were 13 related deaths, while the Delta outbreak kept Sydney and Melbourne in lockdowns for months until recently, Australia’s COVID-19 cases remain far lower than many comparable countries, with just over 170,500 infections and 1,735 deaths.

Nearly 77% of all Australians have been now fully vaccinated, and more than 88% have received their first dose.

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Australia plans to open International borders for vaccinated travellers

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