Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors from 21 February.
These changes will ensure we protect the health of Australians, while we continue to secure our economic recovery.
Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including though the recent Omicron wave. With improving health conditions, including a recent 23 per cent decline in hospitalisations due to COVID, the National Security Committee of Cabinet today agreed Australia is ready to further progress the staged reopening of our international border.
Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.
The announcement will give certainty to our vital tourism industry, and allow them to start planning, hiring and preparing for our reopening. In 2018-19, tourism generated more than $60 billion for the Australian economy, with more than 660,000 jobs dependent on the industry.
Since the Morrison Government commenced Australia’s staged international border reopening on 1 November 2021, we have seen almost 580,000 arrivals come to Australia including to reunite with loved ones, work or study.
Member for Capricornia and Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism, Michelle Landry said the reopening date will bring confidence to the tourism industry.
“In speaking with tourism businesses, Minister Tehan and I continue to hear how difficult things are for the industry.
“Setting the reopening date will give businesses all around Australia the certainty the need to hopefully hire staff, order stock and plan for the arrival of international tourists.
“The tourism and travel sector’s recovery has been driven by Australians holidaying domestically and safely. With international tourists returning soon, it will give the Australian tourism industry the shot in the arm it needs,” Ms Landry said.
The Commonwealth continues to work with States and Territories on the safe resumption of the cruise industry and looks forward to further announcements on this in due course.