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Australia to End Travel Ban, Aussies Can Again Travel Internationally

Australians can travel internationally again

Australia has announced its plans to lift a pandemic ban on its vaccinated citizens traveling overseas from November. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that travel restrictions would be dropped for fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents, who would be able to leave and return to the country without seeking permission as is required now.

They will also be allowed to quarantine at home for seven days, while current rules require returning travelers to pay thousands of dollars to quarantine at government-run hotels or camps for two weeks.

Can I go to Australia?

Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents, their immediate family, and travelers with exemptions can enter. Those claiming exemptions must apply to the Australian authorities. Transit passengers are allowed if connecting from the same airport. If your transit includes an overnight, you will be put up at a designated quarantine facility and must remain there until your next flight. You may need a visa for transits of more than eight hours.

All arrivals and transit passengers other than those traveling from New Zealand must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure, before boarding. On arrival, all travelers must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility -- including Australian citizens. This is likely to be at your own expense -- prices depend on the state or territory.

Passengers from some destinations in the Pacific may present a test taken within 96 hours of departure.

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