4 Oct 2021

Australia International Border | Home Quarantine Trials Underway

Australia International Border Updates

Update: On 1 October 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia’s international border will re-open from November 2021 for States with an 80% vaccination rate – starting with New South Wales (NSW).

This is very welcome and highly anticipated news. Australia’s international border has been closed for more than 18 months and many people have been waiting to reconnect with loved ones. 

At this stage, it appears the relaxed border restrictions will focus on:

Maximising the number of Australians that can return

Enabling more vaccinated Australians to travel out of the country 

Decisions are still being considered for re-opening:

Inbound international travel to Temporary Visa holders

Outbound international travel to unvaccinated Australians

Read more here.

Australia is making progress towards its National Plan to re-open international travel, although a few hurdles, such as how States and Territories will manage home quarantine and vaccine passport/certificate systems, still need to be finalised for travel restrictions to be lifted.

Here’s an update on the status of some of the factors impacting when Australia could re-open its international border:

Australia’s Biosecurity Emergency Period, whichallows international border restrictions to be mandated, has been extended to 17 December 2021. This could possibly be extended further according to health advice.

As at 28 September 2021, Australia reached a fully vaccinated rate of 52.6% of people over 16 years.

As per the National Plan, international travel could re-open once national vaccination rates reach 80%,however some States and Territories, such as Western Australia and Queensland, plan to re-open at their discretion.

Home quarantine trials are already underway in South Australia and will start to commence in New South Wales.

A reduced quarantine period of 7 days rather than 14 days will be trialled.

Mr Morrison said in a recent press conference the intention is to allow home quarantine for Australians that have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration – these include Moderna, Janssen-Cilag, AstraZeneca and Pfizer. 

The Government hopes home-based quarantine will increase capacity for more international arrivals and that the use of check-in apps will reduce reliance on police resources for compliance with quarantine rules.

The Federal Government has developed a digital Vaccination Certificate to be used by Australians, however discussions are being held to try and have some uniformity about how restrictions may apply to vaccinated persons at a State and Territory level.

Immigracious | Migration connections made simple

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it may still be possible to travel to or from Australia at this time under limited circumstances – should you need professional advice on your Visa or Travel Exemption, we encourage you to contact Immigracious’ Migration Agents to arrange a consultation so your circumstances can be considered.


Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents
Migration Institute of Australia
The Sydney Morning Herald
Prime Minister – Press Conference
Prime Minister – Press Conference
The Department of Health

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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