November 1st will mark the day that Australians will be able to travel abroad with no more restrictions than being fully vaccinated, announced Australia’s Health Minister on Wednesday.
According to the media, on Tuesday night the federal government changed the “Determination of Human Biosafety”, removing the requirement for fully vaccinated Australians to obtain permission to leave the country.
The law was enacted in March 2020 to limit international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This ad is in line with the first step of the Australia’s plan to reopen its international borders.
Students and frontline workers will be allowed once country protocols have been evaluated and refined.
“Fully vaccinated Australians will not need an exemption to leave Australia,” the minister said in Canberra on Wednesday.
“Australians who return will also be able to return without restrictions,” he added.
However, this last part of the ad should be seen with a pinch of salt.
Not because the minister was providing citizens with misleading information, but because he was probably being a little too optimistic.
Although New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are removing all quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated international arrivals as of November 1, other states still require travelers to observe a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or a designated hotel, regardless of vaccination status.
Unvaccinated Australians will continue to be subject to the same restrictions that they have had to observe until now.
At least in the beginning, upon returning home, Australians will find a patchwork of domestic entry requirements.
Regardless of what different Australian states decide, Australians still need to be quarantined at several of their favorite getaway destinations.
This week, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced that only seven countries are allowing Australians without quarantine restrictions on arrival.
For now, the list only includes the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Italy, Greece, Germany and South Africa.
Thailand appears to be another attractive alternative as Australians will only need to stay in a government-approved hotel for one night from December 1st.
Furthermore, Singapore will allow Australian travelers to visit them without quarantine.