Australia reopens from 21 February

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has brought forward the reopening borders from 17 April to 21 February.  Australian citizens can travel overseas and return, so outbound medical tourism can resume.

Foreigners have been waiting nearly two full years to enter the country after Australia closed its borders to international travel in March 2020. Since then, the country has enacted some of the strictest entry rules throughout the world and severely restricted the movements of citizens.

Australia only allows fully vaccinated visitors from any country. International arrivals are subject to arrival caps and the quarantine requirements of each state or territory.

International arrivals to Western Australia must complete a G2G Pass declaration, undergo quarantine and COVID testing. All eligible travellers to Australia must have a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight.

The border closures have meant that for two years, the small amount of inbound medical travel declined to zero, while outbound cosmetic and dental tourism to Asia almost ceased.

Unvaccinated travellers will need to provide proof that there is a medical reason that they cannot be vaccinated in order to travel to Australia. They must also apply for a travel exemption to come to Australia. If they are granted permission to travel, they must undergo mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival. Very few will be allowed in.