- Sydney will be open to fully vaccinated foreign visitors without the requirement for quarantine from 1st November 2021.
- Prior to boarding a flight to Australia, individuals arriving in Sydney will need to provide evidence of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test.
Sydney Opens To International Travellers Without Quarantine From 1st November
Sydney will be open to fully vaccinated foreign visitors without the requirement for quarantine from November 1, the country’s most populous state said on Friday, bringing the country to a state of complete return to overseas travel.
In response to the pandemic, Australia closed its borders in March 2020, admitting entrance almost exclusively to citizens and permanent residents who must undertake a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine at their own cost.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said “we need to rejoin the world. We can’t live here in hermit kingdom. We’ve got to open up.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this month that foreign travel would resume after 80 percent of individuals in a given state were fully vaccinated, but that it would only be accessible to Australians at first and would require home quarantine.
Perrottet, on the other hand, said it was time to open up the state to help promote economic development, which was detrimentally affected by the state’s nearly four-month Covid-19 lockdown.
“Hotel quarantine, home quarantine is a thing of the past, we are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world,” he said.
This weekend, New South Wales is projected to achieve 80% full vaccination rates in the adult population, far ahead of other states, significantly reducing infection rates.
Prior to boarding a flight to Australia, individuals arriving in Sydney will need to provide evidence of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test, according to Perrottet.
Morrison’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the New South Wales initiative.
The removal of quarantine requirements will facilitate foreign travel into Australia and will most likely be welcomed by airlines.
Today, New South Wales reported 399 Covid-19 cases, a significant decrease from the state’s pandemic high of 1,599 in early September.
Victoria, which has lower vaccination rates, reported 2,179 new locally acquired cases, down from a record 2,297 the day before.
Meanwhile, Canberra, the nation’s capital, lifted its two-month-long lockdown on Friday, allowing cafés, bars, and gyms to reopen with stringent social distance guidelines.
With 139,000 cases and 1,506 deaths, the country’s total coronavirus levels remain low.
Meanwhile, the Australian Medical Association, which represents the nation’s doctors, cautioned today that their modelling indicated that the country’s health system would be unable to handle an onslaught of coronavirus patients once the country reopened.