Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors from February 21, 2022.
Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including through the recent Omicron wave. With improving health conditions, including a recent 23 per cent decline in hospitalisations due to COVID, the National Security Committee of Cabinet today agreed Australia is ready to further progress the staged reopening of their international border.
Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.
Today’s announcement will give certainty to Australia’s vital tourism industry, and allow them to start planning, hiring and preparing for our reopening. In 2018-19, tourism generated more than $60 billion for the Australian economy, with more than 660,000 jobs dependent on the industry.