Australia reopens borders for fully vaccinated Indian travelers


We are delighted to welcome international visitors again, said Australia. (Representative)

Mumbai:

Tourism Australia said on Monday the country had opened its borders to all categories of fully vaccinated Indian travelers for quarantine-free travel.

Australia will welcome travelers from India again with borders now open for quarantine-free travel, for visa holders fully vaccinated before Covid, Tourism Australia said in a statement.

In 2019, Australia welcomed nearly 4,000,000 Indian visitors and was the sixth most valuable market for spend, contributing over AUD 1.8 billion.

“We are delighted to welcome back international visitors who form a vital part of our tourism economy. We know that Australia remains an incredibly desirable destination, particularly for visitors from India and we look forward to sharing all the unforgettable tourism experiences we have to offer here in Australia,” said Phillipa Harrison, CEO of Tourism Australia.

The recent study by Tourism Australia’s Consumer Demand Project suggested that 1.8 million (or 82%) of India’s 2.2 million high-value travelers intend to visit Australia in the next two years.

This demand is well complemented by the increase in direct air access between India and Australia with the start of direct flights by Qantas and Air India in recent times.

Another initiative to encourage Indian holidaymakers is the Home Office’s announcement that the Visa Application Fee (VAC) will be waived for tourists whose visas to Australia have expired or will expire between March 20, 2020 and June 30, 2022.

“Our research has consistently shown that there is a huge pent-up demand for travel to Australia among Indian travellers. Country Manager – India, Nishant Kashikar told PTI.

He said that this increase in attendance will also depend on the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) lifting the ban on scheduled international flights on February 28.

“The lifting of the ban on scheduled international flights by the DGCA will help restore air capacity and facilitate the recovery of the tourist economy,” he added.

Earlier in 2021, Australian borders were only open to students, skilled workers and parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents (who needed a travel exemption before entering Australia).

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