Australia to reopen borders to tourists on February 21

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Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison has announced that the country will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated tourists from February 21ST, ending some of the world’s strictest and longest-running pandemic travel restrictions.

Australia shut its borders in March 2020 to protect itself against a surging COVID-19 pandemic, however since then, Australians have been barred from leaving and only a handful of visitors have been granted exemptions to enter.

“It’s almost two years since we took the decision to close the borders to Australia,” Morrison said after a meeting of the national security cabinet.

He announced the borders will reopen to all visa holders “on the 21st of February of this year,” adding, “if you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia.”

The rules have stranded nationals overseas, split families, hammered the country’s multi-billion-dollar tourist industry, and prompted often bitter debates about Australia’s status as a modern, open and outward-looking nation.

The latest decision by the country will see almost all remaining restrictions lifted.

It comes after the country’s long-standing “Covid-zero” policy was abandoned, vaccination rates rose and the once stellar track-and-trace system collapsed under a wave of Omicron cases.

 



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