Sumary of Ask me anything: Simon Calder answers your questions as Australia and New Zealand announce phased reopenings:
- From 1 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will be able to return to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.
- These include those travelling on the popular working holiday visa, as well as skilled and student cohorts, humanitarian, temporary and provisional family visa holders.
- Meanwhile, the New Zealand government announced a staggered strategy for lifting border restrictions: fully vaccinated Kiwis will be permitted to enter New Zealand from Australia from 16 January, and from the rest of the world from 13 February, without having to quarantine in a facility (though self-isolation will still be required).
- The travel ban on fully vaccinated foreign tourists will then be lifted from 30 April.