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Australia is to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated business travellers and other visitors from 21 February for the first time in nearly two years.
The country has been largely closed to international travellers since March 2020, although it started to ease border restrictions in November 2021 for skilled workers and certain temporary visa holders.
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison announced the wider opening of the country’s border in a statement released on Monday (7 February).
“These changes will ensure we protect the health of Australians, while we continue to secure our economic recovery,” said Morrison.
“Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including through the recent Omicron wave.”
Morrison added the decision to reopen the border had been taken because health conditions in the country were “improving”, with a recent 23 per cent decline in the number of people being admitted to hospital due to Covid.
Under the new rules, visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state quarantine requirements.
The government said that 580,000 passengers had already arrived in Australia since the phased reopening of its international border started on 1 November 2021.
source : businesstravelnewseurope
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