Australia’s Border Reopens for the First Time in 20 Months

The international border of Australia reopened for the first time on Monday, almost 20 months after the pandemic closure began. 

“From today, Australian citizens and residents will no longer need an exemption to leave the country. And fully vaccinated Australians and their families, including parents, will also be allowed to enter NSW and Victoria without undertaking quarantine, an important step towards Australia’s reopening to the world,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison posted on Facebook.

Fully vaccinated Australians and permanent residents, including children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons from any part of the country, could now leave Australia without asking the government for a travel exemption. 

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the decision to scrap travel exemptions was in line with Federal Government’s reopening plan and the rising vaccination rate.

“Our first priority is Australian citizens and permanent residents, and today we are delivering on that by removing restrictions on fully-vaccinated Australians traveling out of Australia,” Andrews said.

Meanwhile, incoming vaccinated Australians would be able to come home without quarantining in a hotel for two weeks. 

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