Western Australia’s top tourism body wants all interstate arrivals into the state to be vaccinated from December 1

 Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Western Australia’s top tourism body wants all interstate arrivals into the state to be vaccinated from December 1 for bringing certainty around travel arrangements.


The Tourism Council WA said thatcompulsory vaccinations should be introduced for everyone entering WA, irrespective of business travelers, FIFO workers and returning West Australians, along with tourists.


“This is the responsible way that West Australians can travel to visit their family and have certainty about returning, for example,” said the WA body’s chief executive Evan Hall.

Hall further said, “We would like to see these requirements put in place now to take effect from 1 December so that the industry can ensure it is only taking bookings from vaccinated guests from summer onwards.It’s a responsible position for the industry to take to ensure Western Australians are as safe as possible as we move towards a new COVID-norm.”


However, the idea was rejected by WA Premier Mark McGowan in the short term, who said that it is “certainly” not something that would happen now.


“The thing about it is, even when you’re vaccinated you can transmit,”McGowan said.


“Now, when we get to a certain level of vaccination under the plan, those sorts of things, particularly at Phase D, will be possible. But certainly not at this point in time,” he added.


“We’re very open to discussions with the government about how to do this and we think it’s going to be part of ongoing border arrangements, more or less a vaccination passport, testing on arrival and quarantining if necessary,” Mr. Hall opined.

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