Citizens from other countries who have completed their immunization process against the virus will be permitted to enter Australia starting from February 21, after the latter’s government confirmed that it would open its doors to international tourists, business travelers, and visitors.
Such a decision has been confirmed through a statement published by the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and comes as part of efforts to secure the economic recovery, after Australia, like other countries worldwide, has been highly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains, VisaGuide.World reports.
“Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including through the recent Omicron wave. With improving health conditions, including a recent 23 percent decline in hospitalizations due to COVID, the National Security Committee of Cabinet today agreed Australia is ready to further progress the staged reopening of our international border,” the statement published by the Prime Minister reads.
Authorities in Australia have clarified that visa holders who have not been vaccinated against the Coronavirus will be obliged to present a valid travel exemption in order to be permitted to enter the country. In addition, they will be subject to mandatory quarantine requirements.
“Today’s announcement will give certainty to our vital tourism industry and allow them to start planning, hiring, and preparing for our reopening. In 2018-19, tourism generated more than $60 billion for the Australian economy, with more than 660,000 jobs dependent on the industry,” the statement published by the Ministry reads.
Based on the figures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australia has reported a total of 2,609 599 cases of COVID-19 infection since the beginning of the pandemic, while a total of 4,732 people have died.
WHO data shows that in the last seven days, a total of 176,321 people in Australia have tested positive for the virus, and 366 people have died.
Despite such figures, authorities in Australia, following the example of other countries worldwide, have started to facilitate their entry rules in order to help the country recover from the damages provoked by the virus and its new variants.
According to the announcement published by the Prime Minister, Australia saw nearly 580,000 arrivals since the country started the international border reopening.
Australia’s decision to reopen its border to internationals, after keeping them closed for almost two years, has been welcomed by a large number of persons, especially by authorities in the travel sector.
“This is the exciting announcement the aviation sector has been waiting for,” the Chief Executive of the Australian Airports Association (AAA), James Goodwin, said.
Authorities in this Land Down Under kept in place some of the strictest entry rules in an effort to contain the virus’ further spread.