Australia Reopens: 7 Things Malaysian Travellers Need To Know

Australia reopened its borders to international visitors on February 21, nearly two years after shutting them due to COVID-19. (Left: Image by @australia. Right: Image by @australia.)

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It’s all true! As of 21 February 2022, Australia reopened its arms and borders to visitors. The announcement, which was welcomed by many eager travellers, has yet to settle. There’s a lot to take in, but don’t worry, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.

The move is part of the country’s international quarantine-free travel plans and builds on the agreement with Singapore, which came into force on 21 November 2021. Malaysia is Australia’s eighth-largest source market for overseas visitors and 10th-largest spender, according to Tourism Australia. An estimated 72% of Malaysian leisure travellers have returned to Australia at least twice, with 61% having done so multiple times.

So, if you’re eager to head back Down Under, here are seven things you need to know before planning a trip to Australia:

  1. Visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free without the need to apply for a travel exemption.
  2. Travellers must hold a valid Australian visa, which you can apply for online.
  3. Vaccination certificates, either paper or digital, must be presented.
  4. Travellers must present a negative rapid antigen test (RTK) taken within 24 hours or Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).
  5. Quarantine-free travel applies to all states and territories in Australia, except Western Australia.
  6. Travellers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly, so it’s important to check the latest requirements before travelling via the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
  7. Know the requirements of any stopover cities you’ll be passing through while travelling.

Once you check all the boxes from the list above, here are some exciting plans travellers can look forward to.

Tourism Australia will launch a new campaign in the coming weeks to welcome Malaysian visitors back to Australia in celebration of the announcement. Key distribution and airline partners will be involved in the campaign to maximise potential and increase reservations and recovery for the tourism industry in Australia. We’re hoping that’s corporate lingo that means cheap flights and hotels for us!

Companies like Apple Vacations, Corporate Information Travel, Forever Travel, Holiday Tours & Travel, and Sedunia Travel are among the partners that will make targeted offers to encourage Malaysians to travel to Australia.

Additionally, Tourism Australia will collaborate with Malaysia Airlines to help the airline industry recover and restart flights to Australia in the near future.

Visit the official Australia website to learn more about planning a trip there. For other information and tips on where to go and what to see, visit Australia.com.

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A journalist by profession, self-proclaimed horror movie expert by passion. Danisha needs to spend more time watching sunsets than Netflix. Ultimately, she's just another girl figuring out her place in the world in between the multitudinous demands of adult life.