Australia is open to tourism, but only to New Zealand visitors via a travel bubble starting on April 19. The rest of the participants must present a negative PCR test at check-in and agree to the 14-day quarantine.
Australian borders remain closed to most countries. Returning citizens and residents, along with visitors traveling from New Zealand, are the only exceptions.
The country is likely to continue closed until 2022, according to several 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 opened and closed several times with New Zealand. As of April 19, citizens and residents of both countries will be able to visit each other’s countries without the need for quarantine.
The announcement was made today by the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) and New Zealand’s Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA).
“Our industry [is] I am delighted to hear that a travel bubble has been agreed between the Australian and New Zealand governments, which will see one of our most important markets back online, ”said ATEC managing director Peter Shelley.
March 21 – New travel bubble with Singapore
The governments of Australia and Singapore are reportedly working on a plan to establish a travel bubble between the two nations. According to the Prime Minister of Singapore, as soon as the vaccination covers a larger part of the population, they will reopen the borders with more countries.
On the other hand, Australian representatives of the tourism industry are demanding more transparency from the federal government as to the country’s reopening date for tourism.
The government is offering a 50% discount on airline tickets to boost domestic tourism but commercial airlines do not see this as a solid strategy to keep them out of bankruptcy.
As of February 24, the eastern states of Australia have decided to impose new entry restrictions on Kiwi travelers due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Auckland.
Queensland State Health Director Jeannette Young announced that from February 24, travelers arriving from New Zealand will have to go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Australia.
The country started its vaccination program on Monday, February 22. Frontline health workers, quarantine and border workers, and the elderly and residents and disabled care workers will be the first priority groups to receive the vaccine.
Government officials announced that, despite imminent vaccination campaigns, the country may not be ready to reopen earlier this year, or even until 2022.
Australia currently has a single unilateral 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 allowed citizens and residents of Sydney and Victoria to enter the state as of December 1.
To cross the border, the new Queensland Entry Pass It is necessary.
New South Wales
The New South Wales border was reopened to Victoria on 23 November.
Entering Victoria via South Australia now requires a permission. Make sure you find it on the local government website before you travel.
Victoria reopened on 22 November.
From 16 November, travelers from South Australia arriving in the Northern Territory will be subjected to mandatory quarantine.
Anyone arriving in Western Australia from South Australia now needs to be tested for COVID-19 and must be quarantined for 14 days.
The Tasmanian border was opened to Victoria on 27 November.
South Australia reopened its border with Victoria on December 1.
When will Australia reopen borders for tourism?
Unfortunately, it does not appear that Australia will reopen its international borders for tourism in the near future, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other government officials have repeatedly announced.
COVID situation in Australia
From April 6, the island nation had 29,364 COVID-19 cases -a very small number compared to other countries of its size- and 909 people died of the disease in the country.
Australia was praised for being among the 10 countries that most dealt with the COVID-19 crisis. As of today, Australians enjoy practically pre-pandemic “normal life”.
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