International Travel WA | WA’s Roadmap to Re-open Borders
Update on 2 December 2021: Yesterday, WA Premier Mark McGowan stated that ‘at this point’ the State’s plans to open borders in late January or early February 2022 are still proceeding, but advice on the new Omicron strain would be considered at next week’s National Cabinet meeting. While we are yet to see if there will be delays to these timelines, our below article from November provides a summary of how WA plans to re-open international travel and you can also read about the impact of Omicron on Australian international travel here.
WA Premier, Mark McGowan today announced WA will re-open its State and international borders when it expects to reach a 90% double dose vaccination rate in late January/early February 2022.
This is a higher target vaccination rate than those set by other States such as NSW. Mr McGowan stated that the specific re-opening date will be set once WA reaches an 80% double dose vaccination rate. Here’s what you should know.
WA’s Safe Transition Plan | Roadmap to Re-open International Travel
Source: WA Government
All interstate and international arrivals must have a G2G Pass.
Interim public health and social measures will be put in place to help manage the spread of the virus in WA – including face masks for some high-risk indoor settings, proof of vaccination at large events, and contact registration at all public venues.
The WA Government is also increasing capacity at hospitals and mandating vaccinations for required workforces.
Preparing for Travel | Re-opening Borders
Mr McGowan’s announcement provides greater certainty on how and when international travel will re-open in WA, enabling businesses and individuals to plan for their travel, visa and migration needs.
As double dose vaccinated arrivals will not have to quarantine, international travel will soon become less costly and time intensive. Families can also look forward to reconnecting with their loved ones.
While the Commonwealth is yet to announce which groups will be prioritised for travel to Australia, Health Minister, Greg Hunt last month indicated this would involve the below phased approach. According to Health Minister, Greg Hunt, the next stages will involve opening inbound travel to Australia to workers and international students and then more broadly to tourists. We will certainly keep you updated.
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The expected re-opening of WA’s international border from January or February is only a few months around the corner. Some visa requirements do take several months to prepare so you may wish to get professional advice if you have upcoming travel and migration needs.