Australia will open its international borders to skilled migrants, international students, and other eligible visa holders on December 15, 2021. The plan to reopen the Australian border to those who migrate to Australia is taking place as scheduled.
The reopening of borders is done in consultation with the Australian Prime Minister and the National Cabinet. The advice of the Chief Medical Officer is also involved in the process.
The decision for reopening borders is taken amidst the latest scare from the Omicron variant of the COVID-19. In fact, the reopening that was planned for September 29, 2021, was postponed to December 15 owing to the Omicron concern.
With this decision, those who are currently locked out of Australia for close to 2 years due to preventive restrictions against the COVID-19 will finally be able to re-enter Australia.
Migrants on humanitarian grounds, provincial family visa holders, and working holiday visa holders will also be able to re-enter Australia from December 15, 2021. With the borders open, fully vaccinated visa holders won’t need to first obtain an exemption to travel to Australia.
Travelers from South Korea and Japan will also be allowed to enter Australia from December 15, 2021.
The latest decision is a continuation of the reopening of Australian borders in November to fully vaccinated citizens, Australia PR visa holders, and their families without the need to quarantine upon arrival.
The vaccines taken by the travelers must be one that’s approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. They will also need to show a negative PCR test for COVID-19 within 3 days of their departure.
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