Authorities in Australia have announced that the country will reopen its borders to vaccinated tourists from other countries starting from February 21, after keeping them closed as part of efforts to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.
The decision has been confirmed by the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, VisaGuide.World reports.
In an effort to halt the spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains, Australian authorities have kept in place some of the strictest travel restrictions compared to other territories while closing their borders in March 2020.
In this regard, Prime Minister Morrison has stressed that it’s almost two years since the country took the decision to close its borders. His comments came after a meeting of the national security cabinet.
The Prime Minister has emphasized that the country will open its doors to all visa holders “on February 21 of this year,” stressing that “if you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia.”
The country’s authorities’ decision to reopen the borders for travelers who have completed their immunization process against the Coronavirus has also been welcomed by the travel industry.
“This is the exciting announcement the aviation sector has been waiting for,” the Chief Executive of the Australian Airports Association (AAA), James Goodwin, pointed out in this regard.
“International travel is only at 15 percent of pre-COVID levels, so this is a positive step to help the recovery of the aviation and tourism sectors,” he stressed.
According to Goodwin, domestic routes would also get a boost from the return of international travelers from the recent changes introduced by the country’s government.
“International tourists don’t just visit one Australian city,” he pointed out in this regard.
A total of 2,290,835 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Australia since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, while a total of 3,989 people have died, based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition, the same source shows that in the last seven days, authorities in Australia have recorded a total of 474,238 new COVID-19 infection cases, while a total of 587 people have died during the same period.
Such figures and the spread of the Coronaviurs’ Omicron variant led authorities in Australia to keep in place strict travel restrictions in order to prevent an increase in the number of infections.