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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.
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.
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.
Current COVID situation in Australia
As of February 24, the island nation has had 28,939cases 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.”