Travellers from across the globe who are fully vaccinated will soon be welcomed back into New South Wales without the need for any form of quarantine.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Friday morning that the state would be scrapped the hotel and home quarantine model for all fully vaccinated travellers as it expects to reach the 90 per cent double vaccination rate by November 1.
The Premier said officials will be working closely with the Commonwealth in changing the border arrangements.
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The plan is to allow travellers to visit the state without quarantining as long as they are fully vaccinated and receive a negative PCR test before boarding the flight.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet labelled the decision “the most significant announcement”.
“We want people back,” Perrottet said.
‘We’re leading the nation out of this pandemic. Hotel quarantine, home quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world.”
International arrivals that have not be fully vaccinated will still be required to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine, and NSW is going to cap unvaccinated arrivals at 210 people per week.
The state government has also deferred the decision to permit regional travel for Sydneysiders until the same November 1 date due to the lower rates of vaccination in regional areas.
To support regional businesses likely to be impacted by this change the NSW government will defer the second taper of the JobSaver program until October 31.
Eligible regional businesses will receive 30 per cent of weekly payroll, before tapering payments to the scheduled 15 per cent from 1 November.
“We have reached this vaccination milestone quicker than anyone thought we could, and that is a testament to the hard work of people across the State turning out to get vaccinated,” Perrottet said.
“Welcoming back fully vaccinated travellers will not only mean families and friends can be home in time for Christmas, it will also give our economy a major boost.”
The major announcements come ahead of the state reaching the 80 per cent fully vaccinated milestone, expected to occur over the weekend.
It means NSW will move to the next stage in its roadmap on Monday, allowing even more freedoms for residents.
It means 20 people can gather at homes as well as 50 in outdoor gatherings.
Patrons will be able to stand up at pubs again and there will be no limits on those allowed at weddings and funerals.