OFFICIAL: Australia reopens vaccinated tourists on February 21st!

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Australia has announced that it will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international tourists starting February 21, for the first time in almost two years. "Entry condition: have a complete COVID-19 vaccination schedule. This is the COVID rule in addition to the required visa. Everyone is expected to respect it. It is very important that you understand this requirement if you want to enter Australia! ” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

The country, which has implemented some of the strictest border controls in the world, was closed to travelers when the pandemic was declared in March 2020, in an attempt to combat the spread of coronavirus. In December 2021, the country postponed its reopening due to the spread of the Omicron version of COVID-19.

The prime minister's warning comes a few weeks later Australian Open controversy with tennis player Novak Djokovicwho was expelled from the country for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, passengers who are not vaccinated for medical reasons will still have to apply for travel exemptions and will have to be quarantined in a hotel on arrival.

Australia has been gradually opening its borders since last year, with corridors for vaccinated travelers from New Zealand and Singapore. "These programs have been very successful, whether it's the programs we've had with New Zealand or Singapore, then Japan and South Korea, opening up to international students and business people coming to Australia.Scott said.

In 2018-2019, tourism generated over $ 60 billion for the Australian economy. At the same time, Australian tourism generates over 660.000 jobs.

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