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Australia delays reopening of borders

December 8, 2021 | Immigration, News, Travel

As a result of the new Omicron variant, Australia has delayed the reopening of its borders to students, refugee visa holders and foreign workers including working holiday visa holders. Australia has said that it is delaying opening its borders so that it has time to gain a better understanding of the variant including the symptoms and whether the vaccine is able to sufficiently protect against it. 

From 1st November 2021, fully vaccinated Australian citizens were able to travel outside of Australia without needing permission. Australia was due to open its border to vaccinated skilled workers and students as of 1st December, however, since Australia has discovered Omicron infections among travellers, it is taking a cautious approach. 

With the country having some of the world’s toughest restrictions, this is potentially another set back. It is likely that with the uncertainty of this new variant, other countries may follow suit and proceed to make further travel restrictions. Travellers should double check the requirements in each specific country before travelling. 

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