The government of Australia has reopened its international borders for international visitors after almost two years, to encourage elated family reunions and enhance tourism. The country imposed some travel restrictions in March 2020 due to the global pandemic caused the situation. The government allowed the Australians and a few relevant visa holders to return from late 2021 only, however, most non-citizens have had to wait.
However, now from today, i.e. February 21, 2022, all fully vaccinated visa holders can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. The unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to arrive in Australia.
Australia opened its border from today
Fully vaccinated, i.e. double-jabbed travellers do not need to quarantine; however, unvaccinated travellers require quarantining in a hotel for up to 14 days at their own expense.
Who are considered fully vaccinated by Australia?
You will be considered fully vaccinated, provided you have completed a primary course of a vaccine recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This includes mixed doses. Presently recognised vaccines and dosages accepted for travel are:
- Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
- AstraZeneca Covishield
- Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
- Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
- Sinovac Coronavac
- Bharat Biotech Covaxin
- Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia)
- Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V
- Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid.
- Or one dose of:
- Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
Travel Exemption requirement
The individuals, who do not fulfil Australia’s vaccination requirements for international travel, are not eligible to travel to Australia without a travel exemption, except the case, if they are in an exempt category. All other people looking to travel to Australia need to apply for a travel exemption.