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COVID: Australia To Reopen Borders To International Travel

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Australia has announced the reopening of its borders to vaccinated tourists and other visa holders for the first time in almost two years.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated, “If you’re doubled vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back.” The reopening, on 21 February, will be welcome news for many sectors including international education. Australia has had some of the world’s strictest border controls throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

In March 2020, the government closed the borders. It barred most foreigners from entering the country and put caps on total arrivals to help combat COVID. Some international students and skilled migrants have been permitted to enter country since last December. On Monday, Mr Morrison stated that those entering Australia when the borders fully reopened would need to provide proof of vaccination; “That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it,” he stated.

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.

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