September 20, 2021

Australia Set to implement new set of rules for international and interstate travel

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested that some states’ international borders could reopen sooner if vaccination targets are met. While state borders are ultimately a problem for the states, the Prime Minister is in charge of international borders, and he has indicated that the country does not need to move together on the issue today

Border openings between states and territories may only be one way.
This implies you may be able to go to another state or territory, but you may be unable to return without being quarantined.

The National Plan of Australia:
In phase B of the national plan, international border caps are addressed, which includes lifting inbound travel caps, allowing capped admittance of students and economic visa holders, and decreasing quarantine period for vaccinated residents crossing Australian borders.

Quarantines may still be required year-round, while some jurisdictions will reduce the 14-day quarantine period to seven days for vaccinated travellers.
Some governments, such as South Australia, are considering implementing home quarantine for vaccinated visitors, with a trial set to begin in September.

When the rate of double vaccination hits 80%, Phase C is activated. Travel restrictions would not apply to inoculated Australians, and lockdowns would only need to be “very targeted.”

Phase D remains our ideal scenario, in which a plethora of efficient vaccinations and variant-proof booster shots allow us to return to our pre-2020 lives with an annual or six-monthly top-up jab to keep the virus at bay.
The Plan is based on the present situation and may be modified as necessary. Finally, states are not required to follow Australia’s national plan to reopen its international borders until 80% of the population has been vaccinated.
When are Australians allowed to travel abroad?

COVID-19 limitations prevent Australian citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country unless they get an exemption.

You can apply online, but at least one of the following requirements must be met:

Your trip is part of the COVID-19 outbreak response, which includes providing relief.

  • Your trip is for the benefit of your company/employer
  • You're going to get emergency medical care that isn't available in Australia
  • For three months or longer, you are travelling outside of Australia for a compelling cause
  • You're travelling for a reason that's either persuasive or sympathetic
  • It is in the national interest for you to travel
  • You live in a country other than Australia on a regular basis

Anyone leaving the country must receive an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs, however that rule is set to be revised as soon as the country’s vaccination rate hits 80 per cent of people aged 16 and over.