Australia to Reopen International Borders in November

Australia will reopen its international borders starting from November to allow fully vaccinated travelers into the country for the first time in 18 months, the government announced on Oct. 1.

The government said that it is finalizing plans for a safe reopening of borders for fully vaccinated citizens and for those who cannot receive the vaccine due to a medical condition or due to being under the age of 12.

The plans include processes for people to prove they have received a vaccine approved or recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Currently, the TGA-approved vaccines include the vaccines developed by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Additionally, TGA has advised to consider Chinese-made Sinovac and Indian-made Covishield as “recognized vaccines.”

Those who have received the TGA-approved vaccines will not be required to undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine. Instead, they will undergo a seven-day home quarantine.

The government also said that it is working towards quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, “when it is safe to do so.”

COVID-19 testing is expected to continue to be a requirement of international travel, but the government is considering using rapid antigen tests as part of the arrangement.

Furthermore, the government said that it is offering facilitated flights into any state or territory that agrees to a seven-day home quarantine to maximize the number of returning Australians.

“The government stands ready to assist more people to return with the cooperation of states and territories,” the statement read.

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