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Australia to reopen borders to vaccinated tourists on Feb 21

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Australia will reopen its borders to tourists from Feb 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday, ending some of the world's strictest and longest-running pandemic travel restrictions.

Wonderful, looking forward to visiting Australia this year!!!

6 ( +14 / -8 )

Omicron surge numbers are falling, hospitalisations are falling, high vaccination rates have kept down the numbers of deaths and serious illness. I think it’s the right time to make this move, even if some of us might want to do it with fingers well and truly crossed. And maybe a Plan B might be in order, just in case. Planning ahead has not been the Federal Government’s strong suit during this pandemic.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

as already stated, it makes sense as omicron already peaked and they are highly vaccinated.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Wow! Great news. I guess Japanese tourists will enjoy visiting there while their own border is slammed shut.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Wouldn't rush into making firm plans to visit Australia. Governments there could shift the goalposts at short notice if it suits their own expedient needs.

1 ( +13 / -12 )

With the notable exception of Western Australia, which is led by a complete lunatic. it looks like Australia is finally making some progress towards common sense.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

School trips, company trips and tour groups will have to go elsewhere.

Not to mention the 3,500,000,000 individual citizens (and their vaccinated family members) who will have to go elsewhere.

For a family trip, if 1 person is unvaccinated, the whole family can't go to Australia.

Places like Sweden, Dubai and Denmark will be happy to pick up the extra tourists.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

All i can say to those that want to come here is bring a great big fat bank balance because if there is another variant lurking, those borders will be shut within a week, in fact, 48 hours. And youll be stuck.

Make sure any plane tickets and hotels etc are fully refundable, right up to the day your due to travel to Aus. That would be my advice.

A country that still has states blocked off to its own citizens wouldnt exactly be my first pick for a holiday.

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Sydney has already fallen on its face when urging people to go out and celebrate New Year's in person, and almost nobody did.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I mean how can the authorities enforce a brutal lockdown if there aren't any coronavirus cases around? Need to get the infection rate up somehow.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

so "tourist selection"?

what a "great" idea Mr.Morrison,we are all welcome to Australia but in real all are not welcome?

Australia used to be a nice country to travel but with these "tourist selections" I will prefer to spend my money somewhere else where they dont do these "selections" and treat all tourists equally.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

If I am not mistaken, just like anywhere else, most of the visitors to Australia are from China. And they are not coming back.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

so "tourist selection"?

What are you quoting from? I am not finding this phrase in the article.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

If I am not mistaken, just like anywhere else, most of the visitors to Australia are from China. And they are not coming back.

According to the link below, Chinese visitors were about 26% of the total tourism spend in Australia in 2018/19. That's about $AUD 11.9 billion (about $1.50 US :)) which will obviously be missed. But that still leaves another 74% to be recovered from the US, Europe and New Zealand (when they get going) I think the tourism industry would settle for that right now. And as you say, the virtual extinction of Chinese tourism will be felt worldwide - and from my experience in Japan in 2019, very definitely in Japan.

https://camperchamp.com.au/statistics/australia/chinese-visitors/

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@Eastman

Australia used to be a nice country to travel but with these "tourist selections" I will prefer to spend my money somewhere else where they dont do these "selections" and treat all tourists equally.

I'm assuming you're not vaccinated?

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Places like Sweden, Dubai and Denmark will be happy to pick up the extra tourists.

They'll need to, in order to compensate for the loss of many tourists who won't want to go to countries where vaccination is not required for entry.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

I can’t wait to visit there with my partner and spend so much money. That’s how it goes right?

3 ( +8 / -5 )

West aust has cut quarantine from 14 to 7 days and international arrivals cap doubled to 500 people a week, for now go through the east coast to get there. Best to hope for is omi rips into w/a that’ll speed things up maybe.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Sensible move from the Australians. Get on with things, and get on with living life normally.

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If you want to get infected with Corona then feel free to travel to Australia! The number of infected there are high and that isn’t the problem in itself but it’s the attitude and behavior of these infected people which will make you infected. In Japan the numbers are also high but the difference is that the people here ( not only the infected ) do behave appropriately to a certain extent and are considerate of others so the likelihood of getting infected here is rather low. Those who really really have an urge to travel for vacation might be wiser to chose other destinations.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

And still one of the most successful in the world, because of masks and vaccination. Moderate that.

Ha..dont forget to include because of lack of testing...

Pretty easy to " claim to be one of the most successful in the world " when every major developed country Japan compares itself to tests ten times what Japan does. Australia has population 5 x smaller than Japan and yet it tests 10 times the numbers. J-govt statistics are selectively fake across the board.

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Make sure any plane tickets and hotels etc are fully refundable, right up to the day your due to travel to Aus. That would be my advice. 

People who don’t have much clue about travel dispensing advice is hilarious.

A country that still has states blocked off to its own citizens wouldnt exactly be my first pick for a holiday.

A country which puts common sense over pandering to idiots is the kind of country which will open up safely.

And a few ignorant people not visiting Australia wouldn’t worry them too much!!!

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Scientists disagreeing with other scientists on the safety and efficacy of an experimental vaccine is not disinformation. It is, ironically, science.

I am not a scientist and never once have I claimed to be. However, when someone comes on here, claims that because a country has 70% full vaccination and 40% with booster shots, that 30% have refused the booster, then that is disinformation when it is clear that the vaccine program is still ongoing. The person in question uses these types of statements regularly. That is not science.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

If I am not mistaken, just like anywhere else, most of the visitors to Australia are from China. And they are not coming back.

An equal number comes from New Zealand, a large number from the UK and US, so Australia will be fine.

And I am sure you are mistaken about this like everything else!!!

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If I am not mistaken, just like anywhere else, most of the visitors to Australia are from China. And they are not coming back.

Are you sure about this? I think the world is rushing to forget what China unleashed on the world in February 2020.

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Can you make the same mature statement?

Absolutely. Your “unvaccinated (normal) humans” comment earlier is all the proof needed to contradict your statement regarding not disrespecting those who are vaccinated. That was not mature or respectful in any way whatsoever.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

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