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Sydney to drop hotel quarantine for international travellers from November

Sydney will allow those who are fully vaccinated to travel to the region from November 1st, without the need for hotel quarantine.

The news comes as New South Wales state is expected to reach an 80% first dose vaccination rate tomorrow, which is significantly ahead of the rest of Australia.

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“We need to rejoin the world. We can’t live here in hermit kingdom. We’ve got to open up,” New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

Australia closed its borders in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, allowing entry only to citizens and permanent residents who are currently required to still undergo two weeks hotel quarantine.

“For double vaccinated people around the world, Sydney, New South Wales, is open for business,” Perrottet said.

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“Hotel quarantine will be a thing of the past. This is a significant day for our state.”

Home quarantine was expected to replace mandatory hotel quarantine, but Perrottet said home quarantine will also be scrapped from November 1st. Perrottet went a step further, by announcing New South Wales would welcome all overseas visitors.

However, he was quickly overruled by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said Australia will stick to the original plan to first open borders to citizens and permanent residents.

“This is about Australian residents and citizens first. The Commonwealth government has made no decision to allow other visa holders … to come into Australia under these arrangements,” Morrison said.

IMAGE – “Sydney” by Corey Leopold is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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