Dust off your passport because Australia is resuming international travel in November.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement at a press conference following a meeting of the Australian Cabinet.
“It’s time to give Australians their lives back,” said Morrison.
Who can travel overseas?
The change means that fully vaccinated citizens can enter and leave Australian borders without restriction.
Australians who cannot be vaccinated, for example someone under 12 or with a medical exemption will be treated as ‘vaccinated’ for the purposes of international travel.
“Australians who want to travel overseas once restrictions are removed will be able to access an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document,” said Morrison.
In the coming weeks the Federal Government will work on a ‘proof of vaccination’ for international travel. It will include a QR code and be redeemable globally.
The international travel ban has been in place since March 2020 and was to be in place until 17 December 2021.
The resumption of international travel is part of the third phase of the national reopening plan.
This phase triggers at 80 per cent double vaccination of the eligible population.
Currently 54.2 per cent of the Australian over-16 population has double dose and 77.8 per cent has a single dose.
NSW is forecast to be the first state to reach that target by late October with 64 per cent double vaccinated and 87.2 per cent with a single dose.
The ACT is not far behind and Victoria has reached 80 per cent single dose.
What about quarantining?
Before international travel resumes at 80 per cent double vaccination a few matters need to be dealt with.
“We need home quarantine pilots in New South Wales and South Australia to conclude and be successful so that they can roll out at scale,” Morrison said.
Only permanent residents that are fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine will be able to complete the seven-day at home quarantine.
Those who do not fit that category will need to quarantine for 14 days at home.
“We’re also offering facilitated commercial flights for Australians overseas into states and territories that agree to commence the home quarantine trials.”
This is a developing story on when Australia resumes international travel. We’ll give updates as we learn more.