4 Oct 2021

Australia international travel to re-open from November 2021 for some states

Australia International Travel 2021

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced in a Press Conference on Friday 1 October that Australia’s international border will re-open from next month (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.

Australia International Travel 2021 | Border to Re-open for Some States in November 2021

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

Australia international travel decisions are still being considered for re-opening:

Inbound international travel to Temporary Visa holders

Outbound international travel to unvaccinated Australians

What was announced | Australia International Travel 2021

Mr Morrison said:

Fully vaccinated Australians and Permanent Residents arriving in NSW will be able to home quarantine for 7 days (instead of 14 day hotel-quarantine) – depending on the outcome of current home-quarantine trials.

Travellers must be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and the Janssen vaccine. Sinovac and Covishield would be considered ‘recognised vaccines’.

Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents that cannot be vaccinated due a medical condition or because they are under 12 would be treated as vaccinated for travel purposes.

South Australia will also implement home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals once 80% of the State’s population over 16 years are fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers (including people that have been vaccinated with an unapproved TGA vaccine) will need to undertake hotel quarantine for 14 days.

The Government will work with States to remove arrivals caps for vaccinated travellers.

Commercial flights out of Australia will resume for vaccinated Australians. Travellers will need to access a Government-issued internationally recognised proof of vaccination document and can fly to any country, but should consider travel advice by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Quarantine-free travel between some countries, such as New Zealand and Singapore, would be considered ‘when it is safe to do so’.

To enable the re-opening next month, many practicalities are yet to be fully worked through – including whether airlines and border authorities will be ready to ramp up their services in line with new restrictions and proof of vaccination, and whether home quarantine trials will be successful.

It will also require the lifting of current international arrivals caps that had been put in place to manage quarantine.

Western Australia and Queensland’s State Premiers have expressed their reluctance at opening borders at the 80% vaccination rate. Read more here.

Immigracious | Australia International Travel 2021

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.


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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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