Ahead of Australia’s international borders officially re-opening from November 1, the government has reinstated country-specific travel advice levels for 177 destinations for safe overseas travel.
In a statement on Thursday, foreign minister Marise Payne said that fully vaccinated Australians would be able to leave Australia from the start of November.
“We know it has been a difficult 18 months for Australians overseas trying to return, and for Australians with family and friends overseas,” Payne said.
“The changes announced today are a vital next step in re-uniting Australian families and safely re-opening Australia to the world.”
While travellers who were vaccinated were not required to have an exemption form, Payne said people heading overseas should be aware of risks and take care, no matter where they travelled. The COVID-19 virus also posed an ‘ongoing global health risk’, she added.
“Under the travel advice framework announced today, no destination will be set lower than level 2 ‘Exercise a high degree of caution’, given the ongoing COVID-19 health risks and the continuing complexities of international travel,” the foreign minister said.
“Border settings and quarantine requirements in other countries continue to change. We strongly encourage Australians to closely monitor the Australian government’s travel advice available on smartraveller.gov.au.”
Next month, 🇦🇺's international borders will progressively reopen. To help Australians prepare for safe overseas travel, @Smartraveller’s global ‘Do not travel’ advisory has been removed & travel advice levels updated for 177 destinations. For more, visit https://t.co/FO7wz5OCQb. pic.twitter.com/iC0hj5LtCi
— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) October 27, 2021
The department of foreign affairs and trade has now updated information on the Smartraveller website, removing the ‘do not travel’ status from 177 other nations, and included new details to also help Australians apply for their travel insurance.
The government has also advised travellers going abroad to download an international COVID vaccine certificate from the government MyGov portal so that they can show evidence of their vaccine status.
“Australians will also need to consider the requirements of airlines, transit and destination countries, as well as return arrangements to Australia in making decisions on when and where to travel abroad,” Payne said.
“Many of these requirements are subject to change at short notice given COVID-19 situations.”