Beginning Wednesday, 6th July, Australia will no longer demand travelers to provide proof of their vaccination status before to arrival, simplifying the entry procedure for tourists from other countries who won’t need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD).
In a statement made on Sunday, Australia’s home affairs minister Clare O’Neil said that the country’s Biosecurity Act had been modified in accordance with the opinion of its chief medical officer Paul Kelly.
“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination,” she said. “I know anyone who has travelled internationally since the borders have opened will find this as one less thing to worry about.”
The DPD was initially launched in September of last year and calls for travelers to upload documentation of their vaccination status or exemption to a digital app before entering the nation. It took the place of the first paper passenger arrival form.
The announcement also announced the removal of maritime travel declarations for passengers of cruise ships. The revisions to Australia’s entrance procedures also apply to arrivals by sea.
However, Mark Butler, Australia’s minister of health, warned travelers that they must still abide by international Covid regulations as well as national limitations like mask wear on incoming aircraft.
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