Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated on Monday that Australia would completely reopen its borders to all overseas tourists on February 21, as long as they are double-vaccinated.
The declaration came only hours after the government’s national security committee was informed on the most recent health recommendations. “If you have been doubly vaccinated, we look forward to welcome you back to Australia”, he stated at a press conference.
“It’s almost two years since we made the choice to seal the borders to Australia”, Prime Minister Morrison remarked. Australia’s national cabinet determined today that our borders will reopen to all remaining visa holders on February 21 of this year. Since November of last year, we have gradually opened our borders. Those programs have been quite successful.
“Whether it was the programmes we had in place with New Zealand or Singapore, and then with Japan and South Korea, opening up to international students, backpackers, and economic migrants who come to Australia, that will now be extended to international visitors who will be able to return”, the prime minister explained.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Morrison stated that he anticipated international borders will be opened to visitors shortly, following the success of partial openings to students, backpackers, and skilled migrants.
Since late last year, Australia has been pushing a phased border reopening that would enable skilled migrants, overseas students, and backpackers to enter the country.