Vaccine declaration rules eased for travellers to Australia

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Passengers arriving into Australia from overseas will no longer have to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status from this week, under the latest easing of rules by the Australian government.

Based on advice from Commonwealth chief medical officer Paul Kelly, passengers on flights and ships will be able to travel to and from Australia without providing vaccination information from 12.01 am on Wednesday, July 6. Unvaccinated people will not require exemptions to enter.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil will from Wednesday also end a requirement for people coming into the country – Australian citizens or not – to complete a digital passenger declaration, saying the government had listened to feedback about the app’s problems.

“While in time it will replace the paper-based incoming passenger card, it needs a lot more work to make it user-friendly,” she said

“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination.

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