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Country opening up for Christmas

Posted on : Sunday, 31 October 2021

There's a lot of discussion about 'Freedom Days', but what does this mean for you in your state, and can you start making plans for Christmas? 


It appears that in most cases those wishing to travel interstate and reconnect with family for may be able to do so.


The ACT has released its 'Pathway Forward', which eased further last Friday, 29 October


From 1 November, interstate travel will recommence, and from 26 November current restrictions will ease further. 


In NSW, restrictions have already been eased for the fully vaccinated.  From 1 December, restrictions will ease for all people in the state, whether vaccinated or not. 


Travel restrictions - currently only for Victoria and for people from Sydney wanting to visit regional NSW - will lift from 1 November.  


International borders will be opening as well for NSW and Victoria.  


While not many restrictions are in place at the moment, the NT has announced that conditions won't be changing significantly until it hits its 80% Vaccination Target


At that time there will be different quarantine rules for travellers, depending on their state's colour category.  NSW, the ACT, and Victoria are currently listed as red categories.  


Queensland  has released a COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to Unite Families, which currently does not expect to open borders until around 19 November (and a vaccination rate of 70%), and then will require fully vaccinated visitors from 'declared hotspots' to quarantine for 14 days. 


From late December, when the Government expects to be 80% vaccinated, the quarantine requirement will be dropped. 


South Australia is on level 1 restrictions, but borders are still tightly controlled.  Its Covid-Ready Plan indicates that it expects to open up borders to fully-vaccinated people around 23 November when it anticipates that locals are 80% vaccinated. 


Tasmania has announced its plan to reopen borders to fully vaccinated travellers on December 15, when it is expected to reach its 90% target. 


From that date, anyone who is fully vaccinated and has returned a negative test within 72 hours of travel will be allowed to enter the state. 


Victoria is now allowing travel for people from Metropolitan Melbourne into the regions, now that it has hit 80%. 


For interstate travellers, travel has reopened with permits, but people from an orange zone - Greater Sydney and the ACT - will have to comply with additional requirements.  Unvaccinated people from an orange zone will still have to isolate and get tested.  


The only notable exception at this time is WA, where Premier Mark McGowan has said that the state may keep its border closed to jurisdictions that are planning to ease border restrictions in time for Christmas.  


Travel is currently allowed from NT, Queensland, SA, Tasmania, with some restrictions for people from the ACT and NSW and Victoria still classified as 'extreme risk'. 


No indication has been given as to when everything will open up, but Perth radio 6PR has apparently reported that it won't reopen to the whole country until 1 February, 2022. 

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