New South Wales has announced that it will abolish quarantine requirements for international travellers arriving in the State from next month.
Speaking to reporters, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that fully vaccinated migrants will be allowed entry to the Australian State without having to quarantine themselves upon arriving in the country.
During the first phase of the plan, returning Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families will be exempted from having to quarantine upon Australian migration.
However, travellers who have not been fully vaccinated will have to undertake the 14-day hotel quarantine process implemented by the New South Wales government.
Under the new scheme, there will be no cap on the number of fully vaccinated Australians returning to New South Wales.
However, only 210 unvaccinated arrivals will be admitted to the Australian State each week under the no-quarantine scheme.
The no-quarantine scheme was finalised after “numerous discussions with the federal government”, said Mr Perrottet.
He also said that he had had talks with the Premiers of Queensland and Victoria regarding the prompt reopening of their borders for fully vaccinated returnees to Australia.
Following such talks, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews also announced that his State would start admitting fully vaccinated travellers from New South Wales from October 20.
Travellers looking to enter Victoria will have to test negative Covid-19 72 hours before travelling, and get tested again and isolate until returning another negative Covid-19 test in Victoria.
In addition to facilitating the return of Australians stranded abroad, this plan will also aim to revive Australia’s tourism industry.
Addressing the no-quarantine scheme, Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said that the new plan has been designed to allow fully vaccinated people to return to Australia for work and leisure.
Australians and their families who have received double doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be allowed entry to New South Wales without having to quarantine.