Australia Is Officially Reopening to International Tourists

Australia Is Officially Reopening to International Tourists: Here’s What We Know!

Got your passport ready?

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that Australia will finally reopen to international tourists on 21 Feb 2022. Australia had already begun to loosen restrictions in December 2021 when it opened its borders to those with student and working visas. 

Now that it’s welcoming foreign tourists back, Australia marks the end of one of the world’s strictest border lockdowns. “If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia,” said Morisson. 

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On the other hand, unvaccinated travellers who have a medical reason for not being inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine will still need to apply for a travel exemption and quarantine upon arrival. 

However, Western Australia remains closed to non-residents, including Australians from other states, lest they have permission to enter. Originally, Western Australia was set to open to non-residents and international tourists this month too, but it postponed the plan indefinitely due to the Omicron variant. 

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As of writing, Australia’s Omicron surge has taken a dive and daily cases are down to around 25,000. The country also has 79% of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Stay tuned for more updates about travelling to Australia!

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.