Premier Daniel Andrew’s announcement was made on the same day Melbourne emerged from its sixth lockdown and follows in the footsteps of New South Wales.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed fully vaccinated international travellers flying into Melbourne will not have to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine from November 1.
Mr Andrews made the “significant” announcement on the same day Melbourne emerged from its sixth coronavirus lockdown after reaching its target of 70 per cent double-dose.
The fully vaccinated arrivals will be required to receive a negative test result 72 hours before boarding their flight to Australia and go for another swab within 24 hours of arriving home.
“No hotel quarantine, no iso – you’ll be able to go about your business,” Mr Andrews said.
“And the reason for that is that, at 80 per cent, 90 per cent – which is where we’re going to get to – we are as protected as we can be.
“There’ll still be some rules around masks and some other density issues and just common sense will have to drive us. This won’t be over. But we will be as protected as we can be. And that’s all down to the amazing work that Victorians have done.”
There will no longer be a limit on the number of fully vaccinated Australians entering Victoria but unvaccinated arrivals will be capped at 250 travellers each week.
The international arrivals must prove their vaccination status – with the jab being one approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – to the Commonwealth.
The TGA recognised vaccines are: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, COVID-19 (Johnson and Johnson), Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covidshield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India).
Children aged under 12 years old with double-dosed parents will be treated as though they are fully vaccinated.
Travellers in hotel quarantine as of November 1 who have rolled up their sleeves for two jabs will be released permitting they test negative to the virus.
“While Victoria is opening, international arrivals will still need to comply with Commonwealth visa requirements that currently restrict entry to Australian citizens or residents, unless there is an exemption,” a statement from Mr Andrews said.
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