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Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced that fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents (Australians) will be able to return home sometime in November 2021.

The PM also announced the end to flight caps for Australians opening the possibility of earlier returns to Australia.

The announcement contained no new information about travel for visa holders and so the current arrangements will remain in place until further notice. However, the changes to arrival limits will hopefully make it easier to secure flights.

The exact timing of the new rules for Australians will vary across the states & territories across Australia but it is expected that New South Wales will be the first Australian state that will reopen in accordance with their vaccination rollout.

All fully vaccinated Australians will be able to quarantine at home for a period of 7 days. These vaccinations must be TGA-approved, although two further vaccines that are made in China and India (Sinovac & COVID Shield) will also be recognised for the purpose of travel.

However, quarantine will remain in place for unvaccinated Australians and visa holders who will still be required to undergo quarantine at hotels or other dedicated quarantine facilities for 14 days.

The Australian government is also still working towards creating further travel bubble with certain countries to allow for quarantine-free travel.

We will provide further updates as soon as we receive them.

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