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BORDER UPDATE

Updated September 23rd 2021

COVID RECOVERY ROADMAP

End of July 2021, the Australian Government presented its Covid recovery roadmap and revealed the triggers for ending lockdowns and the reopening of our borders  with increasing freedom of movement for vaccinated travellers.​

The phase we are in

  • Virus suppression / Lockdowns if required

  • Interstate border restrictions if required

  • Test different quarantine models

70% of over-16s have been vaccinated

  • Minimise hospitalisation and fatality with low-level restrictions

  • Increased cap on unvaccinated inbound travellers

  • Inbound vaccinated travellers to return (capped)

  • New reduced quarantine arrangements

80% of over-16s have been vaccinated

  • Lockdowns less likely

  • No interstate travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers

  • No Caps on inbound vaccinated travellers

  • No outbound travel restrictions for vaccinated Australians

  • No travel restrictions with "safe" countries (travel bubbles)

To Be Defined

  • Management of Covid-19 as an endemic infectious disease such as the flu

  • Gradual return to full opening of international borders, albeit with quarantine “for high-risk inbound travel”

  • Uncapped arrivals of non-vaccinated travellers with pre-flight and on-arrival testing

PHASe a

PHASE B

PHASE C

PHASE D

WHERE ARE WE AT?

 Did you know?

As of yesterday, 15 million Australians have received a first dose of the vaccine and 10 million have received 2 doses and are now fully vaccinated.

These numbers represent 73% and 48% of the population (aged 16+) respectfully.

At the current rate of vaccination (1.4m doses/week), we expect 70% of eligible Australians will be vaccinated in 32 days. At this point, the Government's plans are to allow inbound vaccinated travellers to return.

The lifting of all restrictions on outbound travel for vaccinated Australians will take place when we reach the 80% vaccination mark. At the current rate of vaccination, we expect to hit this milestone in 48 days.

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TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
 

       Disclaimer - The information contained in this udpate is not meant to be exhaustive or accurate. Travellers should verify the restrictions that apply to them specifically as detailed on relevant state government websites.

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  • Interstate travel restrictions change regularly as Covid19 outbreaks occur. Travel bans, quarantine or self-isolation may be in place and we strongly encourage you to check the latest travel updates relevant to you up to the day of your departure or return.​ To do so, click on your destination state: 

INTERSTATE

  • We recommend you talk to us or your airline/operator of choice regarding conditions of carriage that apply to you for a smooth travel experience.

  • Finally note that face masks are currently mandatory in all Australian airports and on domestic flights excluding children 12 and under or those with particular exemptions.

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  • Quarantine free travel between Australia and New Zealand starts on 19 April 2021. 

 

  • All travellers who have been in either Australia or New Zealand for 14 days can travel by air between Australia and New Zealand quarantine free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption.

 

  • All people residing in Australia or New Zealand (including foreign nationals) can use quarantine free travel, as long as they meet standard immigration, customs and biosecurity entry requirements apply.

  • Any change in the COVID-19 situation in Australia and New Zealand could lead to pausing or suspending quarantine free travel arrangements without notice. You are responsible for managing any disruption to your travel plans, including  if your return to Australia is delayed.

 

  • Check the status of the travel bubble by clicking this link:

NEW ZEALAND

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  • International travel other than to New Zealand is currently banned for Australian citizens & permanent residents unless you benefit from an exemption for the following reasons:

    • your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid 

    • your travel is essential for your business/employer

    • you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia

    • you are travelling outside Australia for three months or longer

    • you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds 

    • your travel is in the national interest.

  • You can apply for an exemption by lodging your application online: ​

  • Temporary visa holders & visitors do not require exemption to leave Australia, but will need one to return.

  • All passengers arriving into Australia are required to pay for their own government-directed quarantine, except for those arriving from New Zealand who are not required to quarantine as part of the ‘Trans Tasman travel bubble’ agreement.

INTERNATIONAL

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