Australia to reopen to travelers from Japan, foreign visa holders

Kyodo -- Nov 23
Australia will allow eligible foreign visa holders and travelers from Japan and South Korea to enter the country from December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.

Australia has largely restricted foreigners from entry since March 2020 in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But on Sunday the country hit 85 percent of its population aged 16 and over having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major milestone in our pathway back," Morrison told reporters in Canberra, as the government looks to cement the nation's economic recovery from the pandemic.

From Dec. 1, fully vaccinated students, skilled workers and working holiday visa holders will not need to apply for an exemption to its international travel ban.

Vaccinated tourists from Japan and South Korea will also be welcomed back, as well as those on humanitarian visas and provisional family visa holders.

Entry into the states of New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory will be quarantine-free once the restrictions ease next week. However, travelers may still face a mandatory quarantine period in other states and territories with lower vaccination rates. ...continue reading