Australia to Open its Borders for International Travel from February 21

Two years after the COVID border closure, Australia has finally decided to open its territories for all fully vaccinated visa holders, including tourists. 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday announced that Australia is all set to reopen its borders from 21st February. “If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back,” he said.

Ever since the start of the pandemic, Australia has had the world’s strictest and longest-running travel bans. It had even banned its own people from leaving the country last year. 

Although the country had been progressively opening since November last year, many travellers, including bridging visa holders, immediate family members and tourists weren’t allowed. The announcement came as happy news for all of them and also the international students who were awaiting entry. 

Travellers entering the country will have to provide proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated people will have to apply for a travel exemption. They will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.

Currently, fully vaccinated travellers are also required to provide a pre-departure COVID-19 negative PCR test report taken 72 hours before departure and complete a travel declaration form.

The tourism and hospitality sectors had taken a major hit owing to the strict travel restrictions. With its decision to open the borders, the ‘Land Down Under’ hopes to secure economic recovery as it eyes the return of foreign tourists to the country. 

Check out our COVID guidelines page to know the travel rules for various countries. 

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