Australia will no longer require proof of vaccination from international tourists from this Wednesday (6), facilitating the entry process for visitors who will no longer be required to fill out a Digital Traveler Declaration (DPD). Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs Claire O’Neill announced that the country’s Biosafety Act has been amended on the advice of Medical Director Paul Kelly. The end of the requirement also applies to cruise passengers.
“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays at our airports, it will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as their destination,” she said. “I know anyone traveling internationally will find this less of a concern since the borders have opened.”
The DPD was originally introduced in September last year, requiring visitors to present proof of their vaccination or exemption status on a digital app before traveling to the country. It replaced the original paper passenger arrival form. Despite this, passengers will still have to comply with restrictions such as the use of masks on flights as well as COVID-19 requirements imposed by other countries.