Australia announced the reopening of its borders to tourists vaccinated against COVID-19


Australia will open borders to tourism

After almost two years of closure due to the covid-19 pandemic, Australia will reopen from February 21 its international borders to tourists and all visa holders who have two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Australia, which is currently facing a crisis due to the outbreak at the end of the year of the Ómicron variant that mainly affects nursing homes and has caused casualties among essential workers, accumulates some 2.4 million covid-19 infections, which includes more than 4,250 deaths and more than 300,000 active cases

“The condition is that you have to have two doses of the vaccine to come to Australia. This is the rule and everyone is expected to obey it.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra on Monday at the end of a Cabinet meeting.

Australia, which closed its borders in March 2020, had begun to gradually open them last November to residents and citizens and then to temporary workers and foreign students, as well as travelers from New Zealand, Singapore, Japan or South Korea, but the irruption of the omicron variant at the end of the year slowed down these plans.

A person receives a vaccine against covid-19
A person receives a vaccine against covid-19

The Canberra Executive forces travelers entering Australia – a country that expelled last January the number one tennis player in the world, the Serbian Novak Djokovic for not being vaccinated against covid-19 – to show that they have been inoculated with two doses of the coronavirus serum or present a valid medical exemption.

Those people who are not vaccinated and want to enter Australian territory must request a special travel permit and if they receive the go-ahead they must undergo quarantine in a center designated for these purposes, the head of the Interior, Karen, explained at this press conference. Andrews.

Although the opening has been promoted by the Australian Government, each state has the power to implement its own measures, which allows the state of Western Australia, whose largest city is Perth, to stay out of the opening and keep its borders closed until their authorities deem appropriate.

(With information from EFE)

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