Australia to welcome international tourists from February 21

Australia will reopen its borders to international tourists on February 21 after almost two years of closure to keep out Covid-19.

Arrivals must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption to enter or risk being told to return home.

“The condition is you must be double vaccinated to come to Australia. That’s the rule. Everyone is expected to abide by it,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“But if you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia and I know the tourism industry will be looking forward to that.”

The announcement follows a national security committee meeting today to finalise health concerns.

Flight Centre Corporate welcomed the news, with managing director Australia James Kavanagh calling it an “absolute game changer” for corporate travel.

“This is a truly momentous day for businesses big and small – it is they who will lead this country’s economic fightback – and there is no doubt this is an absolute game changer when it comes to Australia being open to the world once again,” Kavanagh said.

“It has been a long time coming but the critical part is once we open to the world, we stay open, and that will naturally inject real confidence into people wanting to travel. Confidence is already rising in the leisure space across the world – now it is time for that happen in the corporate space.”