Singaporeans and international tourists alike can finally look forward to a trip to Australia. On February 21, Australia’s borders are set to reopen to fully-vaccinated travellers.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, made the announcement today. Certainly, this brings to an end one of the world’s longest border closures due to COVID-19.
“It’s almost two years since we took the decision to close the borders to Australia,” Mr Morrison stated after national security talks. He continued: “If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia.”
Indeed, international borders were tightly shut in Australia at the start of the pandemic in 2020. Equally, only a small minority of people were granted entry into the country since. Although, towards the end of 2021, citizens and permanent residents were allowed return.
Of course, unvaccinated travellers will not be permitted entry to Australia without an exemption. For more information, visit the Australian Home Affairs website.
Prior to the pandemic, Australia welcomed between three and four million people on inbound flights from Singapore each year. Certainly, Australia opening its borders is incredible news for Singaporeans hoping for a holiday in Australia. Specifically, those wishing to reconnect with loved ones.