Vaccinated tourists from all countries are allowed to enter Australia starting from today, March 21, after the latter’s government has finally abolished the travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.

The new changes were previously confirmed by the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and have been taken as part of efforts to further ease the restrictions imposed due to the virus, VisaGuide.World reports.

The decision to welcome passengers who have completed their immunization process against the virus has been welcomed by the country’s authorities, especially the travel and tourism industry that has been profoundly damaged due to the preventive measures imposed as a result of the virus.

In this regard, the chief executive of Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas, Alan Joyce, has stressed that “It’s fair to say we’ve all been waiting a long time to welcome visitors back to Australia.”

According to local media reports, the flag carrier is expected to bring over 14,000 passengers into Australia during this week, which is being considered the beginning of the recovery for Australia’s travel and tourism sector.

“I think we’re going to see a very, very strong rebound,” the country’s Tourism Minister Dan Tehan pointed out at Sydney airport, wearing a t-shirt with the words: “Welcome Back.”

In the 24 hours after the reopening, only 56 international flights were scheduled to land in Australia, which figures are far below the pre-pandemic levels; however, the Prime Minister has stressed that he had “no doubt” the number will increase in the future.

According to the data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Australia has registered a total of 3,580 572 cases of COVID-19 infection since the start of the pandemic, and 5,665 deaths.

The same source shows that in the last seven days, a total of 475,665 people in Australia have tested positive for the virus, while 145 people have died during the same period.

However, despite such figures, authorities in Australia have announced that they would further relax the travel restrictions and gradually get back to everyday life and help the countries’ industries recover from the financial losses they suffered due to the virus.

Authorities in Australia have kept in place strict entry rules for internationals in an effort to contain the virus’s further spread, following the example of other governments worldwide.

In March 2020, authorities in Australia announced that the country would close its borders to almost all persons except for its citizens and residents; however, now it has started to consider the virus more like an endemic disease and thus facilitating its travel rules and the travel process.

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