The Hon. Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Hon. Karen Andrews MP Minister for Home Affairs
The Hon. Dan Tehan MP Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT
Monday 7 February 2022
Australia will reopen to all fully vaccinated visa holders, welcoming the return of tourists, business travellers, and other visitors from 21 February.
These changes will ensure we protect the health of Australians, while we continue to secure our economic recovery.
Australia’s health system has demonstrated its resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including though the recent Omicron wave. With improving health conditions, including a recent 23 per cent decline in hospitalisations due to COVID, the National Security Committee of Cabinet today agreed Australia is ready to further progress the staged reopening of our international border.
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.
Today’s announcement will give certainty to our vital tourism industry, and allow them to start planning, hiring and preparing for our reopening. In 2018-19, tourism generated more than $60 billion for the Australian economy, with more than 660,000 jobs dependent on the industry.
Since the Morrison Government commenced Australia’s staged international border reopening on 1 November 2021 we have seen almost 580,000 arrivals come to Australia including to reunite with loved ones, work or study.
Prime Minister’s office: Press Office, (02) 6277 7744
Minister Hunt’s office: James Perrin, 0447 534 427
Minister Andrews’ office: Lachlan McNaughton, 0457 494 414
Minister Tehan’s office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Sydney