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Israel to reopen to vaccinated travellers from 1 Nov 2021

Starting from November 1, Israel will be reopened to tourists fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to a plan jointly drafted by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office and the Ministries of Tourism and Health. Under the plan, individual tourists who are fully inoculated with vaccines produced by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, and Sinopharm will be allowed to enter the country
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AUSTRALIA: Silverton added to SA-NSW border bubble

The far west NSW town of Silverton has been added to the cross-border bubble with South Australia that allows Broken Hill residents to enter the state. People from the two towns can now come to South Australia, provided they have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. However, SA residents cannot go to far west NSW and return without getting an exemption from SA Health to come back. The directions issued overnight do not include opening South Australia to the south-west Victorian city of Portland.
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AUSTRALIA: Victoria scraps quarantine for double-vaccinated returning Aussies

Victoria will scrap quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers from November 1 in a major step to reopening the country. The change means hotel and home quarantine will only be required for unvaccinated people, those who have had a COVID-19 vaccine that is not approved by the Australian Government, or those whose vaccination status is unknown.
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AUSTRALIA: Tasmania announces plan to reopen its borders

KEY EVENT: Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says his state's borders will reopen on December 15. Fully vaccinated interstate and international arrivals will not need to quarantine from that time, but they will have to return a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of travel. Returning Tasmanians will not need a test if their trip is less than seven days duration. Mr Gutwein said Tasmania was expected to be at a 90 per cent vaccination rate by December 15.
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AUSTRALIA: WA border restrictions with QLD to ease

Travellers from Queensland will no longer need to quarantine in WA from this Friday, Premier Mark McGowan has announced. Mr McGowan said Queensland would be reclassified from low risk to very low risk as of 12.01am on Friday, 22 October 2021. Under WA’s controlled border, the NT, South Australia and Tasmania are all classified very low risk. The ACT is medium risk, while Victoria and New South Wales remain as extreme risk.
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AUSTRALIA: Victoria eases restrictions on NSW

Fully vaccinated residents entering Victoria from the Greater Sydney region will no longer need to quarantine or get tested for Covid-19, as Victorian health authorities remove NSW’s “red zone” status. From 11.59pm on Tuesday, 19 October 2021, all Greater Sydney LGAs, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong regions, will become “orange zones” under Victoria’s traffic light travel system. LGAs in the remainder of regional NSW will also be downgraded to “green zones” at 11.59pm, meaning residents outside the Greater Sydney region only need to obtain a permit before entry into Victoria. Victorian health authorities said children under the age of 12, who are not eligible for vaccination, can travel under a parent's permit. If a parent or guardian is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to follow the requirements that apply to that parent or guardian.
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AUSTRALIA: NT revokes hotspot declaration for Tasmania

The Northern Territory's Chief Health Officer has now revoked all declared COVID-19 hotspots in Tasmania. Southern Tasmania exited a three-day lockdown yesterday after the state recorded no new COVID-19 cases from an infected traveller. There are now no further restrictions for Territorians wishing to travel to Tasmania.
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AUSTRALIA: NSW-ACT border to reopen on November 1

The NSW-ACT border will officially reopen on November 1 after almost four months of hard shutdown between the two jurisdictions. Both NSW and the ACT hit the 80 per cent fully vaccinated target on Monday, making them the first places in the country to reach the important jab milestone. “Subject to the public health risk at the time, the ACT will remove the Covid-Affected Area declaration across NSW from 1 November,” ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, pictured above, said. “This means that ACT residents will not have quarantine when they return to the territory from any part of NSW — including Greater Sydney. “This aligns with the decision from the NSW government to allow travel from Greater Sydney into their regional areas from 1 November.”
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AUSTRALIA: Victoria border permit changes come into effect

At 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 19 2021, there will no longer be any red zones in New South Wales. All Local Government Areas in the Greater Sydney region — including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong — will become orange zones. All Local Government Areas in the remainder of regional New South Wales, plus Jervis Bay Territory, will move from red/orange zones to green zones. In addition, Broken Hill in New South Wales and Shepparton in Victoria will rejoin the New South Wales-Victoria cross-border community area. The ACT remains an orange zone. These changes will come into effect at the same time as broader changes to Victoria's travel permit system announced last week, which means that after 11:59pm on Tuesday, those who have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and have been in the Sydney area can enter Victoria on an orange zone permit without any quarantine or testing requirements. People who are not fully vaccinated entering on an orange zone permit must isolate on arrival, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result. Those people who are currently active red zone permit holders in Victoria will be considered orange zone permit holders at 11:59pm.
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AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND: Quarantine-free travel returns

Travellers from the South Island of New Zealand will be able to arrive in New South Wales and Victoria without spending two weeks in quarantine from Wednesday, 20 October 2021. Australians heading to New Zealand will still be required to do 14 days in hotel quarantine.
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NEW ZEALAND: Auckland lockdown to be extended by two weeks

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Level 3 alert in Auckland will be extended by two weeks in a bid to control rising COVID-19 cases.
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AUSTRALIA: Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot to end in ACT

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has confirmed the Commonwealth hotspot declaration in New South Wales will cease at 11:59 pm on Monday, 18 October 2021.
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AUSTRALIA: Victorian lockdown to ease

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the lockdown in Victoria will end at 11:59pm on Thursday, 21 October 2021. There will be no limit for Melbourne travel. However, unless you are authorised to enter regional Victoria, you cannot enter at this time.
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AUSTRALIA: QLD to open its borders by 17 December at the latest

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released Queensland’s COVID Vaccination Plan. At 70% of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated, expected on 19 November, anyone who has been in a declared domestic hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided: They are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours and undertake home quarantine for 14 days. Direct international arrivals into Queensland will have to complete 14 days quarantine in Government-nominated facility. International arrivals who arrive via another state or territory will have to quarantine in a Government-nominated facility until 14 days have passed since they arrived into Australia. At 80% of Queensland’s eligible population fully vaccinated, expected on 17 December, travellers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air and they must be fully vaccinated, they must have a negative COVID test in the previous 72 hours, and no quarantine is required Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) home quarantine and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health provided they are: Fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID test in previous 72 hours. At 90% of Queenslanders fully vaccinated, there will be no entry restrictions or quarantine for vaccinated arrivals from interstate or overseas. Unvaccinated travellers will need to apply for a border pass, or enter within the international arrivals cap, and undertake up to 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) quarantine
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AUSTRALIA: QLD list hotspot status for Tasmania

Tasmania will no longer be declared as a COVID-19 hotspot as of 1:00am on Tuesday, 19 October 2021. Queenslanders will be able to travel from Tasmania into Queensland, without needing to quarantine after this time.
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AUSTRALIA: Commonwealth COVID-19 hotspot to end in NSW

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, has confirmed the Commonwealth hotspot declaration in New South Wales will cease at 11:59 pm on Sunday, 17 October 2021.
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AUSTRALIA: Tasmania lockdown to be lifted

Tasmania's lockdown will lift at 6:00pm tonight, Monday, 18 October 2021. Premier Peter Gutwein says there will be some additional restrictions. Masks still need to be worn until 6:00pm on Friday. Masks will apply indoors and outdoors for anyone 12 years and over unless in your own home or in your own vehicle driven either by yourself or with your immediate family. Importantly, if you visit someone else's home, you must wear a mask. If you leave the 12 LGAs which were under lockdown, or travel north out of that area, you must continue to wear your mask while you're in another part of the state. If you're somebody travelling into the 12 LGAs from another part of the state, you will need to wear a mask as well. Restrictions that currently apply for aged care and hospitals will remain in place until 6:00pm on Friday night.
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Sweden Removes Entry Ban for All Travellers From UAE & Bahrain

Starting from next Tuesday, October 19, travellers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain can enter Sweden restriction-free, regardless of their vaccination status, the Swedish Ministry of Justice has announced. It also notes that in spite of the entry ban exemption, travellers from UAE and Bahrain are still required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry into Sweden.
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Fully vaccinated people travelling from NSW to Victoria will no longer need to quarantine from next week, under an overhaul of the southern state’s travel permit system. From 11:59pm on Tuesday, 19 October, fully vaccinated people travelling from “red zones” will need to have tested negative for COVID within 72 hours of departure, and will need to get tested again within 72 hours of arrival in Victoria, and isolate until they receive a negative result. Those travelling from “orange zones”, such as the ACT, will no longer be required to isolate and get tested on arrival, as long as they are fully vaccinated.