More than 18 months after Australia closed its international borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fully vaccinated citizens will no longer need permission to leave the country, a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Home Office said.
The ban was lifted at a time when Australian adult vaccination coverage for Covid-19 was approaching the 80% target.
At present, the priority is for Australian citizens, but as the coverage of vaccinations increases, travel restrictions will also be relaxed for non-citizens, said Interior Minister Karen Andrews.
“Before the end of the year, we look forward to welcoming fully vaccinated skilled workers and international students,” the minister said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was now “very close” to announcing a reciprocal travel bubble with Singapore, which announced Tuesday night that Australians would no longer be quarantined after arriving in Singapore.
Australian airlines are scheduled to resume on 22 November Qantas flights to Singapore.
Australia imposed very strict restrictions on international travel on March 20 last year in response to the new coronavirus pandemic.