After almost two years, Australia will reopen its international borders and welcome back fully vaccinated tourists from February 21. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Monday (7 February 2022) just hours after the government’s national security committee was briefed on the latest health advice. While the international borders have been opened since late 2021, entry has only been allowed for citizens, permanent residents and their families, with it later expanded to international students, backpackers and migrant workers.
From 21 February, people including visitors who have received two vaccination jabs will be allowed to enter Australia. Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said unvaccinated travellers would still need to apply for a travel exemption to come to Australia and have to undergo hotel quarantine if they were granted permission to enter the country.
Prime Minister’s news conference announcement can be viewed here.