the border of Australia has been reopened to international tourists for the first time in almost two years. the travelers completely vaccinated can visit during a holiday from today Monday, in good news for the operators of tourism and struggling hotels across the country.
The reopening marks a major milestone for Australia’s COVID-19 recovery plans, with earlier arrivals largely restricted to citizens, permanent residents and, more recently, international students.
Borders open in Australia
Foreign tourists can now enter all states and territories without going into quarantine, except for Western Australia, which will not open until March 3.
It comes after Australia’s border was slammed shut on Friday March 20, 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19 after the virus was detected in several countries around the world.
Nearly 60 international flights will land in the first 24 hours after the border reopens, with planes coming from multiple countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.
What are the rules?
While people entering Australia must still have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, the federal government has not made a booster shot mandatory.
Unvaccinated travelers who do not have a medical exemption must enter hotel quarantine for seven to 14 days, depending on their arrival status.
Arrivals are also required to take a PCR or rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival at their accommodation, to which they must not travel by public transport.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison moved to reassure Australians that the reopening was safe, urging tourists to pack their bags and book a holiday Down Under.
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