Australia is open for tourism but only to visitors from New Zealand through a travel bubble starting April 19. Other 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
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.
March 21 – New travel bubble with Singapore
The Australian and the Singaporean government are reportedly working on a plan to establish a travel bubble between the two nations. According to the Singapore’s prime minister, as soon as their vaccination rollout covers a bigger part of their population they will reopen borders with more countries.
On the other hand, Australian representatives of the tourism industry are demanding the federal government more transparency regarding the date of the country’s reopening for tourism.
The government is currently offering 50% off on airfares to boost domestic tourism but commercial airlines don’t consider this a solid strategy to keep them away from bankruptcy.
Effective on February 24, Australia’s eastern states have decided to enforce new entry restrictions on Kiwi travelers 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.
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.
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 April 6, the island nation has had 29,364 cases of COVID-19 -a very 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 pre-pandemic “normal life.”