Australia announces the reopening of borders to tourists after almost two years

After almost two years of closure due to the covid-19 pandemic, Australia will reopen from February 21 its international borders to tourists and all visa holders who have two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Australia, which is currently facing a crisis due to the irruption at the end of the year of the omicron variant that mainly affects residences of the elderly and has caused casualties among essential workers, accumulates some 2.4 million covid-19 infections, which includes more than 4,250 deaths and more than 300,000 active cases.

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“The condition is that you have tohave two doses of the vaccine to come to Australia. This is the rule and everyone is expected to obey it” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra on Monday at the end of a Cabinet meeting.

Australia, which closed its borders in March 2020, had begun to gradually open them last November to residents and citizens and later to temporary workers and foreign students, as well as travellers from N New Zealand, Singapore, Japan or South Korea, but the emergence of the omicron variant at the end of the year slowed down these plans.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the announcement.

The Canberra Government forces travelers to enter Australia – a country that expelled the number one tennis player in the world, the Serbian , in January Novak Djokovic for not being vaccinated against covid-19– to prove that they have been inoculated with two doses of the serum against the coronavirus or present a valid medical exemption.

Those who are not vaccinated and If they want to enter Australian territory, they must request a special travel permit and if they receive the go-ahead they must undergo a quarantine in a center designated for that purpose, the head of the Interior, Karen, explained at this press conference. Andrews.

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Although the opening has been promoted by the Australian Government, each state has the power to implement their own measures, allowing the state of Western Australia, whose largest city is Perth, to stay out of the opening and keep its borders closed until its authorities deem it appropriate.

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