Australia Details Travel Requirements for Reopening February 21

Following the announcement earlier this week that it would be reopening its borders to fully vaccinated visa holders, tourists, business travelers and other visitors, Australia has detailed what the travel requirements will be.

Starting February 21, 2022, visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)-approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption. To be eligible to enter Australia, international travelers must:  

  • Hold a valid Australian visa (apply for an Electronic Travel Authority at
  • Be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and provide proof of vaccination status
  • Present a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies)

“The announcement [Monday’ enabling fully vaccinated travelers from Australia quarantine-free from February 21 is a significant step in rebuilding international visitation from Australia’s international tourism markets across the globe,” Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said in a written statement.  

Travelers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly, so it is important to check the latest requirements before traveling. Travelers are also encouraged to check any requirements for stopover destinations that they are transitioning through. 

Note: Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.

“Throughout the pandemic Tourism Australia has maintained an active presence to keep Australia top of mind in the market,” Harrison added. “Now, with the reopening of travel from the U.S. to Australia, Tourism Australia will be working with its trade and distribution partners on dedicated marketing campaigns to urge travelers to come and enjoy all the incredible tourism experiences that await them in Australia.” 

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