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Australia’s borders are being opened to 200,000 visa holders, including skilled migrants and international students

Fully vaccinated eligible visa holders may apply Australia without having to apply for a travel exemption from 1 December.

The move opens the door for tourists, backpackers, talented migrants and international students to fly in for the summer.

Japanese and Korean citizens who have been double-jabbed can also visit Australia from the same date without having to be quarantined, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today.
A plane takes off from a rural Australian airport.
A plane takes off from a rural Australian airport. (AFR)

Anyone hoping to visit Australia must be fully vaccinated and return a negative PCR test within three days of departure to Australia.

Due to the different rules in each state and territory, only New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory will allow travelers to fly in without quarantine.

Australia’s secure travel bubble with Singapore opened yesterday.

Morrison said the return of skilled workers and students to Australia is “a major milestone”.

He also claimed that Australians could look forward to the Christmas and holiday season in a way that “few around the world can”.

Earlier, in a speech on Today, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that reopening the borders for 200,000 visa holders would be a real boost to Australia’s economy.

Employers have complained about a shortage of workers across a number of sectors after Australia locked the world out for 18 months when the pandemic began in early 2020.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the return of skilled workers and international students to Australia would further increase Australia's economic recovery.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the return of skilled workers and international students to Australia would further increase Australia’s economic recovery. (9 news)

Yesterday, Australia ticked past the key milestone with 85 per cent double-vaccinated for adults over the age of 16, triggering the final phase of its reopening strategy.

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