Australia is Welcoming Back Travellers from 21 February 2022

Tourism Australia is excited to be welcoming back travellers from Ireland to Australia, following today’s announcement that Australia is reopening its borders to quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated travellers from 21 February 2022. 

The announcement is part of Australia’s planned re-opening of international travel and builds on quarantine-free travel arrangements with Singapore, which came into effect on 21 November 2021, and for visitors from Japan and South Korea along with Working Holiday Makers from 15 December 2021. 

“[This] is a significant step in rebuilding international visitation from Australia’s international tourism markets across the globe,” Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said.  

The Australian Government has announced Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, tourists, business travellers, and other visitors from 21 February. Visa holders who are not fully vaccinated will still require a valid travel exemption to enter Australia and will be subject to state and territory quarantine requirements.

Sally Cope, Tourism Australia Regional General Manager, UK & Northern Europe, said  

“Australia’s relative isolation from the rest of the world, coupled with its sparsely populated landscape and natural wonders, has never been more precious and desirable, and we hope that travellers will jump on the opportunity to fall in love with Australia all over again.  

Tourism Australia will be launching a new tourism campaign to welcome leisure travellers back to Australia in the coming weeks. As part of this campaign, Tourism Australia will be working with a range of key distribution and airline partners to drive booking and drive recovery for Australia’s hard-hit tourism economy by providing tactical offers aimed at stimulating travel to Australia from the UK.


From 21 February 2022, visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption. 

To be eligible to enter Australia, international travellers must:

 ●     hold a valid Australian visa.

●     be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and provide proof of vaccination status.

●     Present a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 24 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).

●     As of 7 February 2022, fully vaccinated visa holders can enter all states and territories quarantine-free from 21 February 2022, except for Western Australia.

●     Travellers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly so it is important to check the latest requirements before travelling. Travellers are also encouraged to check any requirements for stopover destinations that they are transitioning through.

●     For requirements for travel into specific states and territories in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website – https://www.australia.gov.au/states
●     For more information on travelling to Australia visit the Australian Government https://www.australia.gov.au/travelling-to-australia


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