COVID-19: Victoria scraps quarantine for international arrivals from 1 November 2021
If you are fully immunised and return 2 negative COVID-19 tests, then you are in! So now Victoria and New South Wales have gone all matchy-matchy with their international opening days. It’s also the day Victoria is estimating it will have reached 80% of adults double vaccinated.
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The great unvaccinated
Those dirty potentially plague-ridden travellers will be allowed to enter but will need to do 14 days in hotel quarantine at their expense for their sins.
For the vaccinated – it’s a negative result of a test within 72 hours of departure, and another negative result from a test within 24 hours of arrival.
Flights brought forward
As with Sydney, expect international flights into and out of Melbourne to be brought forward. Qantas is already working on fast-tracking the start of Melbourne-London and -Los Angeles routes, currently set to start on 14 December. As a consequence, expect the Melbourne first-class lounge to re-open earlier too.
With Victoria and New South Wales open to international arrivals, you can expect other states to feel a little heat. Currently the recalcitrant, and largely virus-free states of Queensland and Western Australia have only committed to re-open their borders for quarantine free travel in early 2022
OK, I’m lifting my arms in defence, but does anyone else feel that all this seems a little fast compared to the previous caution around all this re-opening? – he said having just started organising a trip to Fiji for February?