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Sydney reopens to tourists, rest of Australia remains closed |  Abroad

Sydney reopens to tourists, rest of Australia remains closed | Abroad

Foreign travelers who have been vaccinated will be able to travel to Sydney, Australia next month without the need to quarantine upon arrival. The state of New South Wales announced, on Friday, that it will reopen its international borders, although it remains closed in the rest of the country.




So far, only Australians or permanent residents of Australia can enter the country, subject to a 14-day quarantine obligation. But New South Wales, which recently emerged from lockdown and where more than 70 per cent of the eligible population has been vaccinated, is now taking the lead in changing the rules.

From November 1, foreigners will be able to travel to Sydney Airport if they can prove they have been vaccinated and submit a negative coronavirus test before boarding the plane. In this case, they will be exempted from any form of quarantine. Non-vaccinated travelers will remain quarantined in a medical hotel.

New South Wales Declaration Before the national plan to reopen Australia’s borders. “We cannot live in a hermit kingdom here. Many businesses depend on tourism for their trade and business,” said Dominic Perrottet, New South Wales Premier. Current rules allow at least 2,000 tourists a week to reach Sydney Airport, which was one of the world’s busiest before the pandemic.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the NSW decision but said the reopening of the state would be in phases. “I want to be clear: Not everyone will be able to enter Australia at the same time,” it seemed.

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