Date published: 
30 October 2021
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

Australia’s rapidly increasing vaccination coverage has put us in good stead to take the next steps in reopening our borders to the world. From 1 November 2021, vaccinated Australians will be able to travel internationally without seeking exemptions, and vaccinated Australian citizens, residents and their families will be able to return quarantine-free to jurisdictions that are ready.

Considering this, the Chief Medical Officer has advised that one-way quarantine-free travel to Australia from anywhere in New Zealand can recommence from 11:59 pm AEDT on Sunday 31 October 2021 for jurisdictions that are ready to do so and for travellers that have been in either Australia or New Zealand for the 14 days prior to departure. All travellers are subject to the following recommended pre-departure measures:

  • proof of a negative pre-departure PCR test within 3 days of the departure flight to Australia, and a completed declaration to this effect; and
  • evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 consistent with the ATAGI definition of fully vaccinated with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine.

Some jurisdictions may implement conditions or arrangements which differ to those above. All travellers are advised to check the arrangements in both their place of arrival and place of final destination before they travel.

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