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Australian Border Restrictions to End for Vaccinated Travellers

Australian Border Restrictions

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced today that Australia’s international borders will re-open on 21 February 2022 for fully vaccinated travellers almost two years after they closed due to COVID-19.

Written by Sheila Woods (MARN: 0533879) of Interstaff  7 February, 2022

State and Territory based caps on international arrivals and quarantine arrangements will remain in place as regional governments deal with Omicron outbreaks and implement individual COVID-19 transition plans.

The announcement means that international tourists will be able to return to Australia from 21 February 2022, following moves to allow vaccinated skilled and student visa holders to enter Australia from 15 December 2021.

Travellers will need a visa and evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter Australia.
This requires evidence from the below list of Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved/recognised vaccine dosages:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca Covishield
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax or Takeda
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for people under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia)
    • Gamaleya Research Institute Sputnik V
    • Novavax/Biocelect Nuvaxovid
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of the vaccine. Mixed doses may count towards being fully vaccinated.

Exceptions apply for the below:

  • Travellers with proof they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons
  • Children under 12

Restrictions could change at short notice as more information about Omicron continues to emerge. We will certainly keep you updated.

We encourage you to call Interstaff’s Migration Agents on 08 9221 3388 (Perth) or 02 7200 2567 (Sydney) or 03 8319 0902 (Melbourne) or +61 8 9221 3388 (International) or get in touch here if you have further questions.

Interstaff assist people all over the world with the legal and professional process to travel or migrate to Australia for temporary work or permanent residence. Established in 1988, Interstaff has been trusted by migrating individuals and businesses for over 30 years and are the strongest group of experts for visa work in Australia. MARN: 0533879.