Australia's state borders will be open to foreign citizens from February 21, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The National Cabinet has decided that Australia will reopen its borders to all remaining visa holders on February 21 this year. The condition is that you must be vaccinated twice before entering the country. This is the rule, and we expect everyone to abide by it, he said during a speech following the government meeting, TASS reports.
Morrison also noted that the sanitary restrictions and border measures adopted by the state governments of the country will continue to apply to all arrivals in Australia.
Established entry restrictions and quarantine measures adopted in the regions will continue to be in effect, and state authorities will change them at their discretion, the head of government said.
Australia's borders were closed in March 2020 amid the global spread of the coronavirus. The entry of foreign nationals into the country was completely banned, and the number of Australians who were allowed to return home was significantly limited.
In November 2021, the Australian authorities began a phased opening of the borders, allowing vaccinated citizens of the country to cross its borders without quarantine, as well as allowing the entry of certain categories of foreign citizens. So far, only Australian citizens, their immediate families and holders of four categories of Australian visas have been able to enter the country.