Australia is not open for tourism, only essential travel is allowed. All arrivals need to present a negative PCR test at check-in and agree to a 14-day quarantine.
Australian borders remain closed for most countries. Returning nationals and residents, along with visitors traveling from New Zealand are the only exceptions.
It is likely the country will remain closed until 2022, according to multiple Australian authorities.
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Australia Reopening Borders – Latest Updates
May 11 – Australia is considering on a three-principle roadmap to reopen
As stated by Health Minister Greg Hunt, Australia is considering reopening the country when 3 principles are met.
Thus, the country will reopen when/if,
- First, the travel bubbles work well as the one stabilized with New Zealand. Then the “capacity can be expanded to the Pacific, possibly Singapore or possibly to other countries.”
- Second, there is a massive vaccination program.
- Third, after assessing the progressive capacity, “based on medical advice for those that have been vaccinated to have easier passage out and easier passage in.”
According to early looks at the 2021 federal budget, “the assumption is that international borders would reopen in 2022”, said an Australian spokesperson. (Source: argusmedia.com)
April 23 – Australia-New Zealand travel bubble about to burst. Some airlines would rather wait until October
Travel Bubbles around the world have demonstrated to be as breakable as soap bubbles. On the first day of the Australia-New Zealand’s travel corridor reopening, a fully vaccinated cleaner at Auckland airport tested positive for Covid-19.
Qatas had brought back 300 employees, and for a while the reopening hung by a thread. Fortunately, NZ could demonstrate this case had nothing to do with the bubble.
“When we opened, on both sides, we of course knew we would continue to have cases connected to our border,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
For its part, airlines such as Virgin Australia are concerned about rehiring personnel when the possibility of a disruption is so high. To avoid a situation like this, the company has announced they’d rather wait until October to join the travel agreement.
April 6 – New travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand
Once again, Australia will reopen the “old” new travel bubble that has opened and closed multiple times with New Zealand. Starting April 19, nationals and residents from both countries will be able to visit each other’s countries without having to quarantine.
The announcement was made today by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) and by the Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) in New Zealand.
“Our industry [is] very happy to hear that a travel bubble has been agreed between the Australian and New Zealand governments which will see one of our most significant markets back online,” said ATEC managing director Peter Shelley.
February 24 – Vaccination rollout
The country started its vaccination program on Monday February 22. Frontline healthcare workers, quarantine and border workers, and the elderly and disability care residents and staff will be the first priority groups to receive the vaccine.
Government officials have announced that despite the imminent vaccination campaigns, the country may not be ready to reopen early this year, or even until 2022.
At the moment Australia has a single one-way travel bubble agreement to receive visitors traveling from New Zealand. No COVID-19 tests or quarantine are required.
When will Australia reopen borders for tourism?
Unfortunately, it does not appear that Australia will be reopening its international borders for tourism anytime in the near future, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other government officials have announced multiple times.
COVID situation in Australia
As of May 11, the island nation has had 29,938 cases of COVID-19 -a very small number compared to other countries of its size- and 910 people have died of the disease in the country.
Australia has been praised for being among the top-10 countries in handling the COVID-19 crisis. As of today, Australians enjoy a pretty much pre-pandemic “normal life.”
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