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Tourists could be back in Aus “well before Easter”

We can expect a return of international tourists (and their much needed spending) by as early as April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Cairns radio station 4CA.


“Well I can’t give you a specific date yet … and that’s because we’re just watching how Omicron is sort of washing over the eastern states,” he said.


"I don't think it's too far away, to be honest. But we've just got to get some medical advice further on that, a bit more work to do with the states to make sure we're comfortable about it. 


“And then I'd like to see us get there soon, certainly before Easter, well before Easter.”


International arrivals have been banned from our shores since March 2020. 


Reopening has been slow and steady. 


On 1 November 2021, Australia allowed fully vaccinated Australians, permanent residents and their families to travel without a travel exemption.


On 21 November 2021, Australia allowed fully vaccinated Singaporean citizens travelling directly from their home country.


And then on 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated Japanese and the Republic of Korea citizens, tourists and business travellers were allowed to travel directly from their home countries. Fully vaccinated international students and working holiday makers were also granted entry.


Currently, the US, UK and Europe have all issued warnings against travel to Australia because of the our high cases of Omicron.


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Published: 31 January 2022

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