8 NOVEMBER 2021
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From 1 November quarantine was lifted for visitors to the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Since March 2020, the country’s international border has been effectively closed to minimise the spread of coronavirus, and Australia being the only democratic nation to prohibit its own citizens from leaving.
With 74.8% of those over the age of 16 now fully vaccinated, the Prime Minister has revealed when the borders will open.
“By the end of the year, we’ll be able to welcome overseas visitors, including backpackers who are double-vaccinated,” Scott Morrison told Parliament.
According to the national re-opening plan agreed upon by all states and territories in August, once 80% of those over the age of 16 have been vaccinated, there would be a “gradual opening of inward and outward travel with safe countries.”
Tasmania and South Australia will likewise waive quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors beginning on 15 December and ending at the end of the year, respectively.
Queensland will maintain its quarantine requirements until 17 December, when overseas visitors who have been properly vaccinated and have returned a negative test will be allowed to return home quarantined. It plans to eliminate quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers once its immunisation rate hits 90%, which is expected in early 2022. No dates have been announced for Western Australia or the Northern Territory.
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