Fully vaccinated Australians can fly abroad within a few days.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that vaccinated residents will no longer have to apply for travel exemptions to leave the country, ahead of the resumption of international travel from 1 November.
However, travelers must prove that they have been fully vaccinated with an approved or recognized vaccine, and the second dose must have been given at least one week before the trip. The changes will also apply to children under 12 years of age.
“I can announce today that the Minister of Health last night signed that from November 1, Australians who have been double-vaccinated will be able to travel abroad,” Morrison said. Sunrise on Wednesday.
Those who have not been vaccinated must still have a dispensation to travel abroad and will be subject to travel ceilings.
Morrison credited the nation’s vaccination coverage for giving the government confidence to reopen the border.
“The national plan works and the national plan is about opening up Australia, and that’s because vaccination rates are rising so high,” he said, adding that the country’s first dose vaccination rate is now higher than the UK and US.
As of Tuesday, 87.4 per cent of Australians over the age of 16 have received one dose and 74.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
At present, only New South Wales and Victoria have announced plans to lift the quarantine requirement for returned Australians, which will also apply from 1 November.
Those in the other states and territories will still be subject to local quarantine schemes.
SA will lift quarantine for international arrivals when full vaccination coverage reaches 90 percent and other states and territories are expected to follow suit.
Singapore has announced that it will allow fully vaccinated Australians to enter the country without quarantine from 8 November.
Travelers must return a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure and undergo another test upon arrival at Changi Airport. They must then isolate themselves at their residence until their result is received. Children under the age of two are exempt.
Children under the age of 12 can travel without being vaccinated if accompanied by a fully vaccinated passenger.
“We are looking forward to it and we are now very close to announcing the reciprocal agreements with Singapore, these flights from Qantas will start on November 22,” Morrison said.
On Tuesday, the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced from November 8 that international arrivals must be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination before boarding a flight to the United States.
Approved vaccines include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, as well as J&J, Covishield, BIBP / Sinopharm and Sinovac.
Vaccinated travelers will also be required to provide a negative viral test taken less than three days before boarding their aircraft.
“This policy will allow the resumption of regular international travel for those who are fully vaccinated … this policy prioritises public health, protects US citizens and citizens as well as those who come to visit us,” the US Embassy in Australia said.
“Because it puts public health first, exceptions to this policy will be extremely limited: including children under 18 and certain people in countries where vaccines are not yet readily available.”
Australia is among 46 “low-risk” nations and territories – including Canada, China, France, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States – that will be eligible to avoid quarantine upon arrival in Thailand.
From 1 November, the need for mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by plane will be eliminated.
Under the new rules, vaccinated travelers from the approved areas will be required to show negative test results before flying and on arrival. They will have to spend their first night in a government-approved hotel awaiting their test results.
If the results are negative, the person can travel anywhere in Thailand.
Fiji will open its borders to a number of countries, including Australia, from 1 December.
Travelers must still meet several COVID-19 requirements, including being fully vaccinated and having a negative test within 72 hours of departure.
“It’s almost two years since we welcomed international visitors,” said Fiji Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya.
“And in these two years we have fought, we have adapted and we have prepared. Today, our national airline is ready, our hotels and travel providers are ready, and Fijians are ready to welcome the world back.”
The United Kingdom
On October 11, the British government removed 47 countries from its red list, leaving only seven remaining red destinations: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Vaccinated travelers from any other country are allowed to enter England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without a negative pre-departure or quarantine test.
Instead, a test is required on or before day two of their arrival.
While Australians accounted for a quarter of all tourists who arrived in the Bali pre-pandemic, Indonesia has been particularly quiet about its reopening plans.
It currently accepts fully vaccinated tourists from 19 eligible countries, including China, India and France – but not Australia.
Earlier this month, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said he hoped flights to Bali could resume before Christmas if the Indonesian government drops its quarantine requirements.
“It will be at the beginning of the new year, I think, and we have planes ready to go,” he said.
Morrison also said he would speak with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the G20 summit in Rome to resume travel between the two nations.
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Last week, Qantas announced that flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg and Fiji will resume ahead of schedule, allowing thousands of Australian-based Qantas and Jetstar staff who resigned during the pandemic to return. to work.
Flights to Singapore depart on 23 November, to Fiji on 7 December, to Johannesburg on 5 January, to Bangkok on 14 January and to Phuket on 12 January.
The national airline is also opening a new route – from Sydney to Delhi on December 6 – the first commercial flights between Australia and India for the airline in almost a decade.
From November 1, Qantas flights will resume from Sydney to London via Darwin and from Sydney to LA shortly after.
Flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo and New Zealand are still scheduled to take off from mid-December 2021, with other destinations set to restart in the new year.
All travelers must be fully vaccinated and must test for coronavirus negatively within 72 hours of departure.
Australians can access their international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which meets agreed international travel standards, by logging in to a Medicare online account via myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
Morrison said more than half a million Australians had already downloaded theirs.
While exceptions will no longer be necessary to leave the country – only citizens, residents and their immediate families can return home at this time.
– with AAP