In the wake of a strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, Australia will begin lifting its outbound travel ban for fully vaccinated residents on Nov. 1. The move comes as Sydney and Melbourne, the country’s largest cities, prepare to welcome international visitors without the need for quarantine.
If unvaccinated travelers agree to participate in the two-week mandatory quarantine upon arrival, they will be allowed to enter without being denied entry.
Due to the fact that vaccination rates and health policies vary from state to state and territory to state and territory in Australia, travel arrangements are not uniform throughout the country.
Based on current vaccination rates, the following are some estimated dates for Australia’s return to normalcy at its borders:
1st of November
** New South Wales and Victoria, which together account for more than half of Australia’s nearly 26 million people, will allow all international visitors to enter without having to go through quarantine, though citizens and permanent residents will be the first to benefit.
** All fully-vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of Australia are eligible to travel outside the country without obtaining a visa.
The 23rd of November
International visitors to South Australia will have their quarantine period cut in half to seven days; quarantine will end when the double-dose vaccination rate among the state’s population over 12 reaches 90 percent, though no specific date has been set.
** The Northern Territory will allow fully vaccinated domestic travellers from virus hotspots to be quarantined at home for two weeks rather than at supervised facilities, as opposed to other states.
1st of December
** Unvaccinated residents of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, will be able to enjoy the same level of freedom as those who have been vaccinated, with no restrictions on outdoor and home gatherings, and more customers will be permitted in retail establishments. **
15th of December
** Tasmania will open its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers and residents of other states who can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their intended travel dates.
The 17th of December
Queensland will allow quarantine-free entry to residents of all states who have been vaccinated, but international visitors may be required to undergo “a period of home quarantine” in the state.
The 20th of December
Home quarantine in the Northern Territory will be reduced to one week, with officials hoping to have it completely eliminated by January 18, 2022.
*** Western Australia, the only state that has not yet announced a reopening strategy, has warned that it will close its borders to other states if they allow residents from virus-hit New South Wales and Victoria to enter without being quarantined.