Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel internationally without first seeking an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs from Monday, November 1.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the news on Seven’s breakfast show Sunrise just now.
“I can announce today that last night the Health Minister signed off on the fact that, from November 1, Australians who are double vaccinated will be able to travel overseas,” he said.
“We are looking forward to that.”
Home Affairs had previously flagged on its website “this could start sometime in November”, after Mr Morrison flagged the imminent change on October 1.
“The government has announced that Australian citizens or permanent residents aged 12 and over who have received two doses of a recognised vaccine will be able to travel without needing an exemption,” the department states.
“Children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will also be able to travel overseas without an exemption.”
Travellers will need to show their international COVID-19 vaccination certificate at the airport check-in. There are differing quarantine requirements across the states and territories on return, with NSW and Victoria scrapping quarantine for fully vaccinated returning Australians on November 1.