Australia reopening borders to tourism

Australia Might Not Fully Open for Tourism until 2022: Latest Update

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Australia is not open for tourism, all arrivals except those coming from New Zealand through a travel bubble 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

Sydney, Australia - reopening for tourism

February 24

Effective on February 24, Australia’s eastern states have decided to enforce new entry restrictions on Kiwi travellers due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland.

Queensland State Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has announced that starting February 24, travelers arriving from New Zealand will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Australia.

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. 

January 24 

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. 

Australia reopens internal borders for tourism

Queensland

Queensland allowed nationals and residents from Sydney and Victoria to enter the state from December 1.

To cross the border, the new Queensland Entry Pass is required.

New South Wales

The New South Wales border reopened to Victoria on November 23.

Victoria

Entering Victoria from South Australia now requires a permit. Make sure to find it on the local government website before traveling.

Victoria reopened on November 22.

Northern Territory

Starting on November 16, travelers from South Australia arriving in the Northern Territory are required to undergo mandatory quarantine.

Western Australia

Anyone arriving in Western Australia from South Australia now needs to be tested for COVID-19 and must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Tasmania

The Tasmanian border opened to Victoria on November 27.

South Australia

South Australia reopened its border with Victoria on December 1.

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When will Australia reopen borders for tourism?

Aircraft - Qantas

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. 

Wildlife Australia

Current COVID situation in Australia

As of February 24, the island nation has had 28,939 cases of COVID-19 -a relatively small number compared to other countries of its size- and 909 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 “normal life.” 

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