Australia Reopens Borders to Fully-Vaccinated Tourists

After two years, Australia is finally welcoming back travelers from all over the world this month!

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this on Monday, February 7, noting that visa holders can now start arriving on February 21, 2022.

Australian travel restrictions here.

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Tourists must be fully vaccinated with two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine unless they qualify for a medical exemption.

The Prime Minister also expressed hope that this move will allow the country’s tourism industry to get back on its feet after a tough two years into the global pandemic.

“I know the tourism industry will be looking forward to that, and over the next two weeks they’ll get the opportunity both for visitors to be coming and for them to be gearing up to welcome international visitors back to Australia,” he said.

In response, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it “greatly welcomed” the news.

“The Asia Pacific region has been very cautious in its approach to border restrictions so far but in recent weeks, we have seen growing momentum towards relaxation of travel restrictions – in the Philippines, Thailand, and to some extent New Zealand,” Philip Goh, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, said in a statement.

“We urge other governments in the Asia Pacific to look at similarly further easing their border restrictions so as to enable aviation businesses to accelerate their much needed recovery and to bring maximum benefits to their economies.”

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