Australia’s international borders reopen after almost two years

For the first time in almost two years, Australians are now able to pack their bags and head overseas without the need to quarantine upon their return home.

After what feels like an eternity to many, Australia’s international borders have finally reopened, with Aussies now no longer needing an exemption to leave the country.

For those in NSW and Victoria, they can dust off their passports and head overseas at ease, with residents there no longer required to go into two weeks hotel quarantine once they return.


Parents of Australians are also able to travel down under once again, with the Federal Government expanding the definition of an immediate family member.

It’s paved the way for many long-awaited family and friend reunions, with a number of emotional reunions already taking place at Sydney Airport this morning.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said the return of international travel has been a long time coming.

“Many families with parents overseas have missed seeing each other in person, but now parents of Australians can reunite here,” Ms Andrews said.

“They can once more hold their grandchildren and share life’s significant events in person.”

Ms Andrews has hinted at the easing of more restrictions over the coming weeks.

“I’m excited to see more and more Australians safely travelling overseas once more,” she said.

“I look forward to further easing restrictions over coming weeks and months as our vaccination rates continue to climb.”