Those hoping to finally make it down under for a scorching trip might just be in luck. A major shake-up of international travel rules has been announced in Australia. As of yesterday, April 18, international arrivals will no longer be required to provide a negative Covid test before flying. Over two years since the pandemic began, all pre-departure test requirements for overseas passengers have been removed. A proof of double vaccination will be required and masks continue to remain mandatory.
“If you are departing to Australia on or after 18 April 2022, you will not need to undertake a COVID-19 test prior to travelling,” the Department of Home Affairs website says.
Until yesterday all visitors and returning citizens had to undergo a PCR or RAT test 72 hours before boarding a flight to Australia. With this move, Australia joins a host of other countries that no longer require testing for travellers.
“International travellers into and out of Australia will still be required to provide proof of double vaccination against COVID-19,” Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said. “Travellers will also still be required to wear a mask while on international flights based on medical advice.”
A ban on international cruise ships coming to Australia has also been scrapped allowing residents to sail overseas for the first time in over two years.
The changes to Australia’s border restrictions came into effect in November with fully vaccinated tourists welcomed back into the country from February this year. Some restrictions remain in certain states. Check them here before booking a trip.
Words by Ria Lawrence.