From Monday, Australian citizens and permanent residents who have received two doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and return a negative test within 72 hours of departure will be able to walk straight from the airport in those two states.  
NSW and Victoria are the first two jurisdictions in the nation to scrap quarantine requirements for inoculated arrivals, with the federal government this week announcing the international travel ban will no longer apply from November 1.
Changes have also been made to Smartraveller, removing the blanket “do not travel” global advisory and instead “reinstating country-specific travel advice levels for 177 destinations”. 
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“Smartraveller’s ‘Do not travel’ global advisory has been removed. This advisory was put in place for all destinations in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 health risks and significant disruption to global travel,” a statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Thursday said.  
“Under the travel advice framework announced, no destination will be set lower than level 2 ‘Exercise a high degree of caution’, given the ongoing COVID-19 health risks and the continuing complexities of international travel.”
Australians are being encouraged to keep monitoring the government’s travel advice provided through Smartraveller.    
“Australians will also need to consider the requirements of airlines, transit and destination countries, as well as return arrangements to Australia in making decisions on when and where to travel abroad,” Ms Payne said. 
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“Many of these requirements are subject to change at short notice given COVID-19 situations. 
“Fully vaccinated Australians who want to travel overseas can download the International COVID Vaccine Certificate via MyGov to provide internationally recognised proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations. ”
Australia’s international border has been closed since March 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic with hundreds of thousands of returning Australian citizens and permanent residents undertaking hotel quarantine on arrival.  
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“We know it has been a difficult 18 months for Australians overseas trying to return and for Australians with family and friends overseas,” Ms Payne said. 
“The changes announced… are a vital next step in reuniting Australian families and safely reopening Australia to the world.” 
Quarantine arrangements will continue to apply in jurisdictions other than NSW and Victoria.  

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