Australia set to welcome back international tourists on 21 Feb 2022
Updated: Feb 9
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If you're like us and absolutely in love with this country, then you would be overjoyed to hear that Australia will finally be reopening its borders to tourists on 21 Feb 2022, according to Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
Australia had already begun to loosen restrictions in December 2021 when it opened its borders to those with student and working visas. Now that it’s welcoming foreign tourists back, Australia marks the end of one of the world’s strictest border lockdowns. “If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia,” said Morisson.
Travellers who are fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine, will not have to quarantine on arrival.
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.
There are also several important pre departure requirements for international visitors travelling to Australia, further details of which are available on the Department of House Affairs website here.
Unvaccinated travellers who have a medical reason for not being jabbed will still need to apply for a travel exemption and, if successful, will be required to quarantine at a hotel. Despite most of the country opening up, the state of Western Australia (WA) still has tight measures. It is currently closed to non-residents, including those from other Australian states, unless they have permission to enter. Please note that some states and territories have specific requirements for visitors arriving from overseas so please refer to the latest advice for more details.
Do check with Tourism Australia on which states are opened to international tourists and what are their SOPs. Or when in doubt or just too befuddled, check with Sedunia Travel to make your travel arrangements to Australia!