Australia’s New Tourism Regulations

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Ruby Reynolds, Staff Member

With the rise in Covid numbers, and the new Delta variant, Australia has introduced new precautionary measures on top of their restrictive previous initiatives. 

According to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, “Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents wishing to travel overseas (apart from children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons) are required to apply for an exemption to leave Australia.” Meaning that in line with preventative actions, Australian citizens must apply to travel, and are unable to just leave their country, different from a majority of the world, including our own United States. 

To keep Covid positive numbers as low as possible, Australia is also quarantining travelers to limit the spread and catch any possible false negatives. Deloitte partner, Chris Richardson, says during an interview with senior producer at 9 new Stuart Marsh, “For Australia, some form of quarantine will remain for some incoming travelers for some time. That keeps international travel (both inbound and outbound) pretty weak in 2022, and it may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.” With all of these proceedings, Australia is hoping to decrease interest in travel because of its vast obstacles. 

On the bright side, vaccinated citizens are still able to travel without exemption.  So, if you’ve been wise enough to get the vaccine, and happen to live in Australia, traveling should be immensely easier. With this course of action, the Australian government is also encouraging vaccinations even more. 

Amidst a worldwide pandemic, Australia is proceeding carefully, and will not return to normal until 2024, much like the rest of the world should be doing.