Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today a plan to reopen international borders in November following the completion of home quarantine pilots in New South Wales and South Australia.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated will be able to quarantine from home for seven days.
There will be a 14-day managed quarantine for anyone not vaccinated, or who is vaccinated with a vaccine not approved or recognised by the TGA.
Australian citizens and permanent residents who cannot be vaccinated – if they are under 12 or have a medical condition – will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel, says a statement from the government.
Speaking at a press conference, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “It’s time to give Australians their lives back. We’ve saved lives. We’ve saved livelihoods, but we must work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the lives that they once had in this country, and we must work together to achieve that goal.
“That’s what the national plan is all about. Australia will be ready for take-off very soon.”
International borders are expected to reopen in November, once all states and territories have reached 80 per cent vaccination rate. The current overseas travel restrictions related to Covid-19 will be removed.
A statement from the government confirms Australians will be able to travel subject to any other travel advice and limits, as long as they are fully vaccinated and those countries’ border settings allow.
Australians are advised to monitor smartraveller.gov.au for ongoing travel advice once borders open.
“We’ve got to work together to get people vaxxed,” said Morrison.
Quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, will also be on the cards for vaccinated travellers when it is safe to do so.
Testing is expected to continue to be a requirement of international travel, which may include Rapid Antigen Tests in the future, according to the latest health advice.
Proof of vaccination will be required for people who wish to travel overseas.