Vaccination status: Big change to Australian border policy

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The government has made a big change to Australia’s border policy, removing the requirement for international traveller to prove their vaccination status.

The Australian government has scrapped the need for incoming international travellers to declare their Covid-19 vaccination status.

Health Minister Mark Butler said the change would come into effect from 12.01am on Wednesday morning.

The Health Minister said the change to the Biosecurity Act was based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil also announced travellers will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration.

However, they must still comply with the requirements of airlines and states and territories, including the wearing of masks on flights.

“The Australian Government makes decisions on Covid related issues after considering the latest medical advice,” Mr Butler said.

“The Chief Medical Officer has advised it is no longer necessary for travellers to declare their vaccine status as part of our management of Covid.

“Unvaccinated Australians, as well as certain groups of visa holders, have been able to travel to Australia for some time.

“We will continue to act on the medical advice as needed.”

It came the same day Australia recorded its 10000th death due to COVID-19.

Some epidemiologists have called for a fourth booster shot to be approved following a spike in cases as BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants become increasingly dominant.

On Sunday, NSW recorded 8864 cases and two deaths while Victoria had 8368 cases and 22 deaths.

In Queensland, the Palaszczuk government has refused to rule out reintroducing mask mandates.

On Sunday, Queensland recorded 3971 news Covid cases over the previous 24 hours.

Australia closed its borders in March 2020 to slow the spread of coronavirus, remaining closed for nearly two years before reopening in February.


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