NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced the state will ditch hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers from November 1, two weeks earlier than expected.
International visitors entering NSW will need to do a PCR test before boarding their flight, and will have to show proof of vaccination.
“For double-vaccinated people around the world, Sydney, NSW is open for business,” Perrottet said.
“Hotel quarantine, home quarantine is a thing of the past.”
But those travellers who are not fully vaccinated will still have to quarantine.
“We need to rejoin the world,” Perrottet said. “We can’t live here in a hermit kingdom.
“We’ve got to open up, and this decision today is a big one, but it is the right one, to get NSW connected globally.”
The unexpected announcement came as state is on the cusp of reaching its 80 per cent full vaccination target.
“We have taken this decision with two weeks of lead time to allow airlines and the Commonwealth to start to put on extra flights and put those processes in place for people who are fully vaccinated,” said Deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres.
Travel management company FCM’s general manager for Australia, Melissa Elf, said it meant “Australia is open for business once again”.
“Intrastate travel has been incredibly strong for businesses throughout the pandemic, especially in Queensland and Western Australia, but this announcement will give global business the confidence to fly into Sydney without the hindrance of any form of quarantine,” she said.