Vaccinated Australians no longer need to apply for exemptions to leave the country as the quarantine-free bubble with Singapore is approved – here are the countries you can travel to first
Fully vaccinated Australians will no longer need to apply for an exemption to leave the country as a quarantine-free bubble Singapore is approved.
Australians can enter Singapore without being quarantined from 8 November with travelers having to return a negative test 48 hours prior to arrival.
Once disembarked, the passengers will have to undergo another test and isolate until a negative result comes.
It comes as Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt approved unrestricted international travel from 1 November, 7 News reported.
Fully vaccinated Australians will no longer need to apply for an exemption to leave the country as a quarantine-free bubble with Singapore approved (pictured)
Meanwhile, Australia is expected to allow quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated international arrivals to at least four states before Christmas.
South Australia will eliminate isolation requirements for foreign and domestic travelers with two coronavirus jabs once the state reaches 90 percent vaccination coverage.
Premier Steven Marshall expects the milestone to be reached before Christmas, weeks after state borders open on November 23.
Victoria and NSW will allow double-jeweled foreign arrivals to enter Melbourne and Sydney without isolation from Monday.
Tasmania has set a date of 15 December which will throw open borders for international and domestic travellers.
All passengers will need to test negative for coronavirus.
The SA government’s announcement further isolates Western Australia, which is likely to remain closed for countries, states and territories with the coronavirus until next year.
Overseas workers, international students and tourists will be among the first to face a massive backlog of Australians benefiting from the new international travel arrangements.
Australia is on track for one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, with 74 percent of those over 16 now fully vaccinated.
More than 87 percent have received at least one dose.
The vaccine rollout – plagued by months of delay – is expected to include booster shots for the general public soon.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Therapeutic Goods Administration and Immunization met Mr Hunt on Monday.
Mr Hunt said a decision on a third job for the wider population was imminent.
“In the coming days, I hope to get the final advice from the TGA on the booster programme,” he told parliament on Tuesday.
‘As we move forward, we continue to save lives and protect lives.’
People with severely weakened immune systems are eligible for top-up vaccines.
Aged care residents and older Australians are likely to get a third shot when the booster program expands.
All states and territories have exceeded 60 percent two-dose coverage, with WA being the last state to reach the mark.
Case numbers rose slightly in Victoria with 1510 new infections and four deaths on Tuesday.
NSW reported 282 cases with one more death, while 12 new cases were detected in Canberra.
Queensland reported two new local cases – a teenage boy who was a close contact of a man traveling from NSW, and a woman in home quarantine after being in Melbourne.
more to come.