Australia drops final vaccine requirement for international visitors

The Chief Medical Officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of COVID

This weekend Health minister Mark Butler announced that from the 6th July the government will drop all COVID-19 border restrictions put in place during the pandemic.

Visitors however, will still have to comply with any remaining as individual state regulations.

Mr Butler said that the government will continue to act on medical advice but “The Chief Medical Officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of COVID,”

Travellers will still be required to wear masks on inbound international flights as well as follow state and territory orders mandating masks on domestic routes.

Furthermore, international travellers and returning Australians no longer need to complete a digital passenger declaration. Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said the system required more work for it to replace the traditional paper-based passenger card and that airports are getting busier as confidence builds.

“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination.” Said the minister.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) revised its directions on mask mandates in airports in June, and that it was “no longer proportionate” to mandate the protective face coverings at airport terminals.