Travel Exemptions to Be Removed for Fully Vaccinated Eligible Travellers

Travel Exemptions to Be Removed

Australia further eased travel restrictions on Monday, allowing fully vaccinated, eligible visa holders to visit the country without applying for a travel exemption starting December 1. Skilled and student visa holders, humanitarians, working holidaymakers, and provisional family visa holders are all eligible.

Australia’s Safe Reopening Plans

Australia’s government has announced further reforms as part of its effort to reopen the country securely.

According to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders could enter Australia without applying for a travel exemption from December 1, 2021. Eligible visa holders include working holidaymakers, travellers from skilled and student cohorts, humanitarian aid workers, and those on provisional family visas.

Furthermore, he emphasized that the ongoing protection of Australians’ health will be maintained while reuniting families and safeguarding the country’s economic recovery by opening the border to student and skilled visa holders.

Who are the Fully Vaccinated, Eligible Travellers?

Morrison stated that travelers must be fully vaccinated with a dose of a vaccine approved or recognized by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and have a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses. Also, they must provide proof of vaccination status and present a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test performed within three days of departure.

What Effect Will This Have on the Economy? 

Returning skilled workers and overseas students to Australia will help to further solidify the country’s much-needed economic recovery by supplying the necessary labor and supporting the important education sector.

The Restrictions are Still Valid for Unvaccinated Travellers

Individuals who are not vaccinated must still get permission from the government before traveling internationally.

According to the health ministry, Australia has registered 290,336 COVID-19 cases and 1,942 fatalities since the epidemic began last year.

91.5 percent of people aged 16 and over have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, while 85.1 percent of citizens are fully vaccinated.