In a press conference this morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that eligible, fully vaccinated visa holders will be able to travel to Australia without having to apply for a travel exemption. That includes skilled workers, international students, refugees, those on a humanitarian or temporary working visa, working holiday-makers and provisional family visa holders.

They will need to hold a valid visa, show proof they’re fully vaccinated with a brand recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration and present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within three days of their departure. They will then have to comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory they arrive in, plus any other state or territory they plan to travel to.

“The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major milestone in our pathway back, it’s a major milestone about what Australians have been able to achieve and enable us to do,” Morrison said.

“The return of skilled workers and international students to Australia will further cement our economic recovery, providing the valuable workers our economy needs and supporting our important education sector,” a government press release says.

In addition, the federal government announced an extension to Australia’s travel bubble. Following an arrangement made with Singapore earlier this month, from December 1 citizens of Japan and Korea holding valid visas will be able to travel from their home countries to Australia quarantine-free. They will not need to seek a travel exemption.

Today’s announcement follows changes that saw fully vaccinated Australians, permanent residents and their immediate family members given the green light to travel back to Australia from November 1.