In a surprise announcement, the NSW state government will be scrapping all quarantine measures as of November 1, 2021. Under the announced measures, hotel and home quarantine will no longer be required for double-vaccinated people entering NSW, including Australian citizens, residents and their families returning from overseas.
NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, announced the plan at a press conference on October 15.
“For double-vaccinated people around the world, Sydney, NSW, is open for business.
“Hotel quarantine will be a thing of the past. This is a significant day for our state,” Mr Perrottet said.
In a media release, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard stated: “From 1 November, the NSW Government will remove quarantine requirements and caps for overseas arrivals who the Commonwealth Government recognises as fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine.
“Fully vaccinated travellers already in quarantine will also complete their quarantine requirements on November 1, even if it is less than 14-days.
“Overseas arrivals who are not fully vaccinated will be capped at 210 people per week, and will be required to undergo mandatory 14-days hotel quarantine.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has welcomed the announcement stating
"It enables us to be in a position to lift caps for returning Australian citizens, residents and their families.
What this also means is we will be allowing Australians, permanent residents and citizens and their families, to leave Australia from wherever they live in Australia."
Further advice about testing requirements for arrivals is set to be provided in the coming days. Our team will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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Melissa Vincenty is a US attorney, an Australian migration agent and the founder and managing director of Worldwide Migration Partners. Melissa has over 20 years of experience in migration law, including practising at the world’s largest US immigration firm and more than 15 years as a Country Specialist (China and Tibet) for Amnesty International USA.