International tourists can now visit Australia with eased restrictions for the first time in nearly two years.
The nation implemented some of the toughest Covid control measures in the world in March 2020, but these are being relaxed, allowing travel Down Under to resume, reports the LiverpoolECHO.
Fully vaccinated visitors can now enter the country – except for the sprawling state of Western Australia which still operates a restricted entry policy – with a “strong rebound” from tourism bosses.
More and more countries have relaxed Covid travel rules, with the European Union also recommending member countries ease many entry restrictions for UK visitors.
This decision was welcomed by travel experts. Julia Simpson, Chief Executive of the World Travel & Tourism Council, said: “The WTTC welcomes the EU’s sensible decision to remove travel restrictions ahead of Easter.
“The patchwork of rules and regulations has done nothing to stop the spread of Covid but has caused immense damage to Europe’s economy, resulting in the loss of jobs and businesses. Now is the time to rebuild travel and tourism and to connect Europe to the world.
Here are some of the countries that recently changed their travel regulations.
Fully stung arrivals will not need a travel exemption or be forced to self-quarantine.
Anyone entering the country must also complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure. The DTA includes a statement regarding vaccination status.
However, unvaccinated visa holders will still need a valid travel exemption to enter the country – and these will not be granted solely for tourism purposes.
Incoming passengers must also provide a negative accepted Covid-19 test result.
Australian states and territories also have their own Covid-19 rules, the strictest being enforced by the state of Western Australia which covers a third of the island continent.
Children aged 12 and over from non-EU countries, such as the UK, no longer need to be fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the country.
Fully vaccinated adults traveling from the UK can enter Spain without the need for testing or quarantine, whatever the reason for your trip. Those who received their second dose of the vaccine more than 270 days previously will now need the booster to enter.
After rapidly closing its borders in October, Morocco is once again welcoming fully vaccinated tourists.
Passengers must also present a negative PCR result and download, print and sign a passenger health form before arriving in Morocco.
Children under the age of six are exempt from the pre-travel PCR test requirement and young people under the age of 18 are exempt from the requirement to present a pass for vaccines.
Only fully vaccinated UK citizens can visit for a holiday without needing to self-quarantine. The country has scrapped testing requirements, so fully stung holidaymakers won’t need a PCR or antigen test to visit.
Those who received their second dose of the vaccine more than 270 days previously will now need the booster to enter.
Unvaccinated travelers will still need an essential reason to visit.
All passengers will also be required to sign a “declaration on honour” confirming that they do not have symptoms of coronavirus and that they have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days preceding their trip to France.
The Norwegian border is now open and most restrictions inside the country are also lifted.
All travelers arriving in Norway must register before arrival. This also applies to Norwegian citizens.
Newcomers must also take a test upon entering the country, regardless of their vaccination status. (People under 16 are exempt).
Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK are exempt from Covid testing requirements.
Anyone over the age of 12 will be required to complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to departure.
Visitors who have not been vaccinated or who have received only part of the vaccine will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival or antigen tests within 48 hours of arrival .
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The island has removed its pre-departure testing requirement for fully vaccinated arrivals. However, all visitors aged 12 and over still need to take a PCR test on arrival at the airport, which costs around £15.
They will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation until the results are received, which should be within three hours.
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