Australia: What to know before you go?

Published on : Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Australia is going to develop a digital border pass to show the vaccination status of travellers in a step toward further reopening its international border. This will be the best way to reopen MICE and leisure tourism and also helps in regenerating the revenue in the country.  

Now the federal government of Australia has awarded Accenture Plc the tender to deliver the pass that will replace the current COVID-19 travel declaration form and incoming passenger card.

The international border of the country has been mostly closed to international travellers since March last year to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus, with anyone returning forced to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine. Now the Australian government has said that the country aims to increase travel to and from the nation once 80% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

Need to complete 80% Vaccination

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that once 80% of Australia’s adult population has received both shots of the vaccination, the people will again be allowed to travel overseas. In preparation for reopening, Minister for Trade and Tourism Dan Tehan said that the government would be trying vaccine passports with a number of major travel destinations through Australia’s diplomatic missions overseas.

Requirements to enter Australia

Till now, all the arrivals and transit passengers other than those travelling from New Zealand must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure, before boarding. On arrival, all travellers or tourists must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility. This also includes all Australian citizens. The passengers from some destinations in the Pacific area may present a test taken within 96 hours of departure. The exception is for those arriving from New Zealand, while the bubble is working.

Travel Restrictions

Under the new rules, the passengers won’t be allowed to travel if they had a positive Covid-19 test in the previous 14 days or present flu-like symptoms. They must also have spent the 14 days before departure in either Australia or New Zealand. However, on July 22, the scheme was paused for eight weeks.

Now, what to see?

Australia is a perfect destination for an escapade junkie, nature enthusiast and beach lover. There are millions of travellers all around the world who flock here to enjoy the unimaginable vistas, surf in the ocean and revel on its untouched islands.

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is among the world’s best beaches. This pristine beach is blessed with silky white sand and crystal clear water. It offers some breathtaking scenery while taking a day cruise to Hamilton Island.

Sydney Harbour offers visitors and locals alike for sailing, cruising, swimming at beaches, walking along the foreshore and picnicking. For bikers and travel enthusiasts, travel the Great Ocean Road to enjoy the world’s most scenic coastal drive and explore the natural wonders of 12 Apostles.

 For marine activities, take a dive into the blue waters of Boston Bay in Port Lincoln to get a chance to swim with rare and endangered Sea Lions in their natural habitat. There are a plethora of marine adventures as the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is ideal for snorkelling to enjoy underwater aquatic life. For hiking, explore the Three Capes Walking Track in Tasman National Park and enjoy the 360-degree view from the top.

Sydney is known for its harbourfront Opera House, towering Sydney Tower’s glass viewing and the skywalk.

Melbourne is Victoria’s coastal capital, famed for its arts, food and cultural events.

Brisbane is famous for Queensland Museum and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Perth is another place that sits on the cusp of Swan River and the southwest coast, flaunting riverside botanical gardens and parks.

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