Ever since Prime Minister Scott Morrison slammed the borders shut on 20 March 2020, we have been longing to learn when overseas travel would resume. Which is why we're stoked to reveal that we finally have a date, so wanderlust-hungry Aussies can dust off their passports.
The PM has revealed Australia will reopen on 1 November for international travel for states that have reached 80% vaccination rates, starting with New South Wales.
The PM stated, "It's time to give Australians their lives back."
While travel won’t look like it did pre COVID it means that double-vaccinated Australians will be able to travel overseas and then be able to quarantine inside their homes on their return for just seven days. Just today the NSW Government has decided to remove quarantine arrangements at all for fully vaccinated arrivals
In the coming weeks Australians will have access to an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document that will allow for easy travel between countries.
It’s also been reported that there will be no restrictions on which countries will be open for travel.
In light of the news, Qantas will operate three weekly return flights between Sydney and London and three weekly return flights between Sydney and Los Angeles with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from 1 November.
In the meantime, bookmark this page ‘cause we’ll be updating it with new information as it is released.
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