Australia ends ‘all Covid border restrictions’ and drops its most annoying requirement for travelers
- Foreign travelers will no longer be required to declare their vaccination status
- Digital passenger declaration forms will be discontinued from Wednesday midnight
- The rule has also been scrapped for arrivals arriving by sea in a giant leap towards Covid-normal
Australia has taken a giant step towards Covid normalcy as the government finally scraps its most onerous travel requirement.
Travelers will no longer have to declare their vaccination status before arriving in Australia, signaling the end of all border restrictions.
International travelers will no longer be required to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) form from midnight Wednesday.
Changes to the Biosecurity Act will also apply to those arriving in Australia by sea, such as maritime crew and cruise ship passengers.
Australia has taken a giant leap towards Covid-normal as the government finally scraps its latest travel requirement (pictured, passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport)
Travelers will no longer have to declare their vaccination status on arrival in Australia, signaling the end of all border restrictions (pictured, international students arrive in Sydney)
It also means that visa holders will no longer need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.
Home Secretary Clare O’Neil said the abolition of DPDs was great news for families landing in Australia during school holidays.
“As more and more of us travel overseas and become more confident in managing our Covid risk, our airports are getting busier,” said Minister O’Neil.
“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays at our airports, but encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as their destination.
“And for Australian citizens, with the removal of these requirements, returning home will be much easier.
Minister O’Neil said scrapping the rule would mean Australians traveling overseas would have one less thing to worry about.
Home Secretary Clare O’Neil said the removal of the rule was great news for families disembarking in Australia during school holidays (pictured, passengers in Sydney)
International travelers will no longer be required to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) form from midnight Wednesday (pictured, international students arrive in Sydney)
Airlines, cruise ship operators and other countries may still have specific travel requirements despite the change.
The digital pass was introduced last September and required travelers to upload their vaccination status before arriving in Australia.
Travelers are still required to wear masks on international flights arriving in Australia as well as domestic flights within states and territories.
Australian Health Minister Mark Butler said the latest Covid health advice had been taken into account before scrapping the requirement.
“The Chief Medical Officer has advised that it is no longer necessary for travelers to declare their vaccination status as part of our management of Covid,” he said.