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AUSTRALIA: Planned WA border reopening delayed indefinitely

The planned reopening of Western Australia's border to the rest of the country on February 5 will be delayed indefinitely. WA has announced a new hard border from February 5, 2022 but allows for more safe compassionate travel and return of Western Australians. Under the new border settings, approved travellers are permitted to enter WA, or leave WA and return, with testing and quarantine requirements under the new expanded exemption criteria
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AUSTRALIA: QLD opens up to vaccinated international travellers

Vaccinated international travellers will be allowed to enter Queensland without needing quarantine from this weekend. The rule change will come into effect from 1am on Saturday, 22 January, and only require those entering from overseas to do a rapid antigen test on entry - in line with national cabinet guidelines. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she hoped the announcement would give certainty to the travel industry and those travelling.
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AUSTRALIA: Queensland removes domestic border restrictions

Domestic travellers entering Queensland are no longer restricted by the Chief Health Officer, with the Border Restrictions Direction being revoked at 1:00am on 15 January 2022. International entry to Queensland is still subject to restrictions and International Arrivals arriving directly into Queensland, or in another state or territory and are a direct on transit to Queensland, are required to complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration and quarantine in accordance with Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction
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AUSTRALIA: Localised lockdowns announced in the NT

Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) entered a seven-day lockdown from 2pm on Monday, 17 January 2022. Yirrkala entered a 72-hour lockdown from 2pm on Monday, 17 January 2022.
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AUSTRALIA: Travellers to Tassie no longer need COVID tests

Tasmania's border restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers will further ease from midnight on Tuesday, 18 January 2022. Under the newly relaxed rules, those who are double jabbed no longer need to register thier travel or pass a COVID-19 test to enter. Restrictions remain in place for travellers who aren't fully vaccinated and are still required to register their trip, quarantine and return a negative Covid-19 test on day five of their isolation. Premier Peter Gutwein on Tuesday and said the border rules for the unvaccinated would be reviewed in future.
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AUSTRALIA: WA elevates NT to 'extreme risk' category

WA will elevate the Northern Territory to an "extreme" risk category from tomorrow (13 January 2022) morning. The measure will take place from 12:01am Thursday. It means travel into WA from the Territory will not be permitted, except for specific official functions and extraordinary circumstances. Premier Mark McGowan says the move was made to reduce the risk of more Omicron cases in self-quarantine.
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AUSTRALIA: Germany classifies Australia as a COVID-19 high-risk country

Germany has now classified Australia as a COVID-19 high-risk country. Travellers entering Germany from a high-risk country are required to submit a digital registration form before travelling. All travellers over the age of 6 years of age must provide a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen), proof of vaccination, or evidence of having recovered from COVID-19. Incoming travellers from a high-risk country are required to quarantine for 10 days unless evidence of vaccination or recovery is provided with the digital registration. Alternatively, quarantine can be ended by submitting a negative test result taken after five days at the earliest.
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AUSTRALIA: NT declares a territory-wide lockout

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says fully vaccinated people can "continue as they were". "For people who are not vaccinated, lockdown rules will apply to anyone 16 and above. "If you are not fully vaxxed, stay home - you are at greater risk of catching COVID becoming ill and needing hospital care. "You may only leave home for three reasons: Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination. For essential goods and services like grocers power tokens, medications. To provide care and support to a family member or a person who cannot support themselves. They can't travel more than 30km from their homes to do those things "or the nearest practical destination". Work is not a reason to leave home for the unvaccinated. And they can't go outside to exercise - the chief health officer has ruled that one hour of exercise for the next four days is not essential, Mr Gunner says. That'll be in effect until noon Monday. After that, there will be a vaccine pass system.
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AUSTRALIA: Hong Kong announces border update

From 8 January - 21 January, passengers who have been in eight countries including Australia for more than two hours in the past 21 days, will not be permitted to board a flight to Hong Kong. This measure will be effective for 14 days, subject to review. The eight countries are Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. For entry prior to 8 January, you’ll be subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel on arrival, followed by seven days of self-monitoring. You’ll also need to take several compulsory COVID-19 tests.
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AUSTRALIA: Tasmania reclassifies 'extreme risk' international countries as 'high risk'

All extreme-risk international countries will be re-classified as high-risk from 12:01am tomorrow (Thursday 6 January 2022). This now means that fully vaccinated overseas travellers are no longer required to quarantine on arrival. If you are fully vaccinated but have spent time in any high-risk areas in the 14 days before you intend to arrive in Tasmania, you are required to return a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test within 24 hours before departure, or a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to Tasmania.
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AUSTRALIA: UK testing rules relaxed

Doubly vaccinated passengers will no longer have to take pre-departure COVID tests in England from 04:00 GMT on Friday 07 January, the government has said. They will also not be required to self-isolate while awaiting test results after arriving in England. If they arrive after 04:00 GMT on Sunday 09 January, people need to take a lateral flow test by day two and if positive, a further PCR test.
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AUSTRALIA: QLD changes to international transit passengers

International passengers can transit through Queensland without quarantining or completing the Queensland International Arrivals Registration if your next flight is within 8 hours of your arrival in QLD and you remain at the airport until your next: international flight to leave Australia, or domestic flight to leave Queensland. If you are an international transit passenger who has between 8 and 72 hours from your arrival in Queensland and your next flight out of Queensland (or Australia), you will be required to quarantine at government arranged accommodation until your next flight and complete the Queensland International Arrivals Registration.
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AUSTRALIA: WA classifies Tasmania and ACT as high risk

Tasmania and the ACT have been elevated to ‘high risk’ jurisdictions from Monday 3 January 2022. Travel into WA from Tasmania or the ACT is not permitted, unless you are an approved traveller and receive approval to enter via G2G Pass
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AUSTRALIA: NT drops PCR test for interstate arrivals

Effective immediately, interstate travellers to Northern Territory are no longer required to provide a negative PCR result before arriving in the state. Interstate arrivals must now take a rapid antigen test then submit a declaration online within two hours of arrival. This test will be provided to travellers when they arrive. If coming into the NT by road, travellers will be directed to a collection point where they'll be able to pick up their RAT test.
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AUSTRALIA: Revised date for WA's 'extreme risk classification of QLD & SA

From 6pm Friday 31 Dec (WA time) both South Australia and Queensland will be reclassified as 'extreme risk', bringing them into line with New South Wales and Victoria. Entry from these states will only be granted to some Commonwealth and state officials, members of parliament, diplomats, specialists, or others in extraordinary circumstances.
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AUSTRALIA: Leaders agree to new definition of close contact

Scott Morrison has unveiled a new definition of a Covid-19 close contact that will come into effect in five states and territories from midnight. Under the new definition only a person who is living with a confirmed Covid-19 positive or sharing an accomodation setting for more than four hours with an infected person is considered a close contact. A Covid-19 infected person will be required to isolate for seven days and have a negative rapid antigen test on day six before leaving quarantine. But a symptomatic close contact will be required to undergo a PCR test. An asymptomatic close contact will be required to have a rapid antigen test and if positive have a separate PCR test to confirm the result. The new definition will be activated in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT from midnight tonight. Tasmania will follow and the Northern Territory and Western Australia will make announcements in the coming days.
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AUSTRALIA: Tasmania scraps PCR test for arrivals

Testing requirements for travellers entering Tasmania from high-risk and extreme-risk areas are changing from 12.01am on 1 January 2022. The negative PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers from high and extreme-risk areas and unvaccinated travellers will be replaced with the requirement to return a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test (RAT) result in the 24 hours prior to departure to Tasmania. PCR test results obtained within 72 hours prior to travel will continue to be accepted but are not necessary, with RAT results now accepted.
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AUSTRALIA: QLD changes to testing requirements for hotspot travellers

From Saturday 01 January 2022, if you are a hotspot traveller entering Queensland, you will be able to meet entry testing requirements by either a negative Rapid Antigen Test or a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to entering Queensland. Until then, a negative PCR test is required for entry.
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AUSTRALIA: QLD scraps day five PCR test for interstate arrivals

Queensland Government announced from today, effective immediately there no longer is a requirement for travellers arriving from an interstate hotspot to have the Day 5 test. Testing will still be required if experiencing symptoms or you are a close contact.
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