Vaccinated Australian citizens and the parents of residents will be able to visit Sydney from 1 November without the need to quarantine. The move announced by the New South Wales (NSW) state government at first indicated that all tourists and foreign travellers could freely enter.
But Prime Minister Scott Morrison later quashed that idea. Australia’s borders have effectively been closed since March 2020, making it difficult even for citizens to enter.
“We are not opening up to everyone coming back to Australia at the moment,” Mr Morrison said.
He said priority would be given to Australians and family members, after which the nation would then consider migrants, those with work and study visas, and the ‘challenge’ of tourists.