Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has announced that the country’s Covid border measures will ease further next month.
Australia’s borders have been closed since May 2020, with the exception of for permanent residents and their immediate family from November 1.
From December 1, the country will reopen its borders to refugees, fully vaccinated skilled and student visa holders. This will include humanitarian workers and provisional family visa holders – as well as working holidaymakers, leading to a new campaign by Tourism Australia to attract young British travellers on working holiday visas. More than 44,000 permits were granted to young travellers from the UK and Ireland in 2019, each spending an average of $9,900 per trip, over 124 nights.
While these arrivals will no longer have to apply for a travel exemption, they must show proof of full vaccination, a valid visa and a negative PCR test result for Covid-19, taken up to 72 hours prior to travel.
Australia will also reopen to fully vaccinated citizens from Japan and South Korea in possession of an Australian visa, from December 1, and the country has established a safe travel zone with Singapore.
The country is expected to reopen to more international travellers next year.