Fully Vaccinated Foreigners Can Visit Sydney from November 1
New South Wales (NSW) Premier Dominic Perrottet announced today that Sydney will open up to fully vaccinated foreign visitors, without quarantine requirement, starting from November 1, 2021.
New South Wales Premier said it was time to open up to help revive the economy, which has been badly damaged by the state’s near four-month-long COVID-19 lockdown.
Australia closed its borders in March 2020 in response to worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In New South Wales, the number of people fully vaccinated has reached 77.8%, while 91.4% have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
New South Wales’ economy has been badly damaged by its near four-month COVID-19 lockdown.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said earlier this month overseas travel would return once 80% of people in a particular state were fully vaccinated, but would be available initially for Australians and would require home quarantine.
According to Perrottet, those arriving into Sydney will first have to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding a plane to Australia.
The removal of quarantine requirements will aid international travel into Australia and is likely to be welcomed by the tens of thousands of Australians who have been stranded overseas as a result of the policy. There have also been strict quotas on the number of places available to returning travelers in hotel quarantine.