There’s some good news for travellers looking to make their way to Australia. The country recently announced that it would be reopening its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from February 21.
The announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison will end one of the world’s longest-running and strictest travel restrictions with the country having shut its borders for nearly two years, as per Al Jazeera.
“It’s almost two years since we took the decision to close the borders to Australia,” stated Morrison in a media briefing on Monday.
“If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back.”
The reopening will be a sigh of relief for various sectors including international education.
Australia closed its borders in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the world and numbers continued to climb. Most foreigners were banned from entering the country and placed caps on total arrivals to help combat COVID, as per BBC.
Travellers looking to enter Australia will its borders are completely open will need to provide proof of vaccination.
“That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it,” the Prime Minister emphasised.
The nation has been in the news for implementing strict measures to help slow down the spread of COVID infections, going so far as to ban nationals from leaving the country last year.
However, with the rollout of its vaccination programme, the government has gone on to relax some of the rules for Australians with nearly 80% of the population fully vaccinated.