Destinations

Federal government closes international travel loophole for Aussies living abroad

The federal government has changed the rules for how Australians who normally live abroad can travel overseas after paying a visit Down Under.

On 1 August 2021, Health Minister Greg Hunt amended the Biosecurity Determination 2020 so that Aussie citizens and permanent residents who are ordinarily residents in a country other than Australia are no longer automatically exempt from the country’s travel restrictions.

From 11 August 2021, Aussies who usually live overseas can still leave Australia, but they’ll need to apply for an exemption and demonstrate their links to the country where they usually live.

The rule change brings travel exemption requirements in line with those for other Australians, and is designed to prevent frequent travel between Australia and other countries.

The government said in a statement that the amendment will “reduce the pressure on Australia’s quarantine capacity, reduce the risks posed to the Australian population from COVID-19, and assist in returning vulnerable Australians back home”.

The Australian Border Force said Aussies living overseas can apply for an exemption before travelling Down Under.

Meanwhile, in domestic border news, south-east Queensland’s lockdown has been lifted, but Cairns and Yarrabah entered a snap three-day lockdown yesterday due to an “unexpected” community case of COVID-19.

In NSW, Armidale has entered lockdown until 15 August after two COVID cases were found there, and Tamworth will implement week-long stay-at-home orders from 5pm today after a woman who was COVID-positive travelled to Australia’s country music capital from Newcastle.


Featured image source: iStock/TRAVELARIUM


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Hotels

Historic Melbourne hotel gets multi-million dollar makeover

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne has had a modern makeover that pays homage to its turn-of-the-century origins.  

Share

CommentComments

News

“We will not be pursuing ‘Omicron zero'”: NSW and Victoria vow to keep borders open

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews said he and his NSW counterpart Dominic Perrotett have been texting about this fandangled ‘Omicron zero’ situation, with both giving the strategy a thumbs down emoji.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Sri Lanka Tourism invites investors to cash in with huge incentives

The island nation’s government has made it easier to invest in tourism projects, and they reckon there are big bucks to be made. That is, if you have a spare $71K laying around.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

The best bits of Wendy Wu’s Worldwide Sale

The sale includes coveted cherry blossom and autumn leaves departures on Japan trips so tell your clients to start saving up their yen now.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Say namaste: Qantas’ first India flights in almost a decade take to the skies

Meanwhile, the Flying Kangaroo’s Points Auction continues apace with a private jet experience set to go under the hammer.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Bannisters opens new Bawley Point retreat, The Jackson Ranch

Got a client who has always wanted to say “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…” in a literal sense? Book them a stay in this hidden gem.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

AFTA updates campaign encouraging members to contact local MPs

Want to give your local MP a piece of your mind but don’t want to get kicked out of their office for shouting profanities? Click here.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Tourism

Travel Agents

Digital travel ad impressions up 40 per cent says Nielsen Ad Intel

Looks like your marketing team’s efforts are paying off, with ads views climbing dramatically in Australia following the most recent lockdown.

Share

CommentComments

News

Tourism

OMICRON: WHO urges those over 60 to cancel travel plans as SA tightens restrictions

The UN health authority warned countries that blanket bans don’t work, while an Aussie epidemiologist says the government’s current restrictions won’t make much difference.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Planeterra launches holiday fundraising for community tourism

Not sure what to get your colleague for Secret Santa? They’ll be hard-pressed to complain about a donation in their name to support community tourism projects.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

WATCH: Rebel Wilson stars as glam castaway in new Tourism Fiji ad

The Aussie actress channels Tom Hanks’ Castaway in this latest campaign for Tourism Fiji, However, we’re not convinced Hanks could pull off the metallic dress as well as Wilson does.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med opens first Canada property, reveals plans for new Utah ski resort

Those who enjoy the ease of an all-inclusive resort stay will be stoked to learn about Club Med’s latest spate of winter wonderland offerings.

Share

CommentComments