Smartaveller’s ‘Don’t Travel’ Tip Removed When Major Travel Barrier Takes Down During COVID-19 Pandemic
One of the last permanent obstacles for Australians hoping to travel abroad again has been dismantled.
When the pandemic began and international borders were closed, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel website, Smartaveller, issued a universal “do not travel” warning.
Watch Trade Minister Dan Tehan talk about the change in the above player
But with the reopening of the border in just a few days, this world council has been degraded.
Instead, country-by-country advice has been reinstated for 177 destinations.
Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the change will allow Australians to adequately prepare for safe overseas travel.
“The updated travel advice by country will allow Australians planning to travel overseas to assess the risks, understand the requirements and prepare to travel safely,” she said in a statement. communicated.
“It will also help Australians more easily access travel insurance. “
However, under the adjusted travel advice, no country will be listed as having no travel risk.
“As part of the travel advice announced today, no destinations will be defined below Level 2 ‘Exercise a high degree of caution’, given the current health risks associated with COVID-19 and the complexity continues international travel, ”Payne said.
Fully vaccinated Australians will also no longer need an exemption to leave the country from November 1.
Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan told Sunrise on Thursday that the change would only be granted to fully vaccinated Australians.
“For anyone who is fully vaccinated, starting November 1, Monday, you are free to fly, free to leave the country and go wherever you want,” Tehan said.
“You must be fully vaccinated with your two doses to leave Australia, otherwise you must apply for an exemption.”
Australia is expected to achieve an 80% double vaccination rate within days, before the border reopens on November 1.
Tehan said travelers with two doses of a TGA-approved vaccine and a negative test will not have to self-quarantine if they fly to NSW or Victoria.
But they will have to spend 14 days in about 40 hotels if they land in other states.
“We are looking to open up more and more safely and ensure that international travel can return to normal as soon as possible. “
Thursday morning, 87.4% of the eligible population had received a first dose of vaccine.
Some 74.8% are fully immunized.
Australians can access the international COVID-19 vaccination certificate, required for travel, by signing into an online Medicare account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more than half a million Australians have already downloaded theirs.