While the news seemed to have come suddenly, the Australia border opening is actually the final phase of the country’s long enacted plan that said international borders would be reopened when 80 percent of its population 16 and older received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Author: Editorial Board, ANU
Japan’s borders are closed but unlike zero-COVID China or Western Australia, it’s in the middle of an Omicron wave of infections with 100,000 daily cases and rising — though still with far fewer cases than Australia on a per capita basis.
SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Australia said on Monday it would delay the reopening of its international border by two weeks after reporting its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison convened a meeting of his national security committee and said
- Travel initially limited to Australian citizens, residents
- Some parts of Australia still have closed borders
- Medical regulator expands list of recognised vaccines
- Unvaccinated travellers face ongoing quarantine restrictions
SYDNEY, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Australia eased its international border restrictions on Monday for the first time
* First such relaxation in 18 months seen boosting travel industry
* Hundreds of tourists arrive in Bangkok
* Thailand gives green light to visitors from over 60 countries
* Australia opening more slowly
* Both nations had adopted some of the toughest curbs
MELBOURNE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia will resume from Monday, Australia’s tourism minister said on Sunday, as the country readies itself for a partial reopening of its international borders for the first time since March 2020.
Vaccinated Australian citizens
- Australia to allow citizens to travel abroad from November
- Vaccinated citizens allowed to quarantine at home on return
- Unvaccinated must complete hotel quarantine
- Qantas to resume international flights on Nov. 14
- Plans for entry of foreign visitors still being discussed
CANBERRA/SYDNEY, Oct 1 (Reuters) –
U.S. officials think massive surge at southern border possible if Covid restriction is lifted Thursday
WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are quietly preparing for what they think could be the biggest surge in traffic at the southern border in decades if a Covid restriction that has blocked most migrants for almost two years is lifted Thursday.
On a call this week
- Sydney trials home quarantine for vaccinated travellers
- Trial to use controversial face recognition technology
- Almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in Sydney and Melbourne
- Victoria to ease some restrictions from Friday night
SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for