Australia had put cross border restrictions early in 2020 following the rising cases of COVID-19 globally. However, after one of the world’s strictest border restrictions, the country has finally reopened its international borders for international travel and tourism. 
November 1: fiesta of relations and travel 
Australia has reopened its international border from November 1 onwards. This comes as a great piece of news for Australians and the tourism industry. And the cherry on the cake is the festive season standing at the doorsteps.
Now Australians can travel internationally without any restrictions. However, at present, Australia is only welcoming Australian residents, permanent citizens, and their immediate families into its demography.
What a wholesome welcome it was at the Sydney airport as the first flights from Singapore and Los Angeles arrived on Monday morning. The airport staff greeted the passengers with Australian wildflowers and chocolate biscuits.
Some met their mothers after 18 months; some met their children and partners. It was a gala of relations and tourism to be seen at the Sydney airport. This brings joy and hopes that the old normal is finally on its way back.
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What follows next? 
Australia had been facing challenging times for the past few months with the advent of the Delta variant. However, the country transformed from a “COVID-zero pandemic management” strategy to “living with the virus through extensive vaccinations.” Thus, now it is finally getting free from the catastrophic effects of the virus.
The reopening of Australian borders is not less than a gala for Aussies. Now, fully vaccinated Australians can travel anywhere in the world without quarantine restrictions. Additionally, 16 international flights to Sydney airport and 14 departures were scheduled for Monday for Australia to embark on the great revival.
Additionally, the foreign ministry has said that about 47,000 people abroad are looking forward to returning to their homeland. However, the reopening scenario is not the same across Australian states. For instance, Western Australia is persisting in its zero COVID cases policy.
Several countries are allowing Aussies for travel and tourism. But Australia has not yet permitted travellers from any country other than New Zealand. Additionally, Singaporeans will be allowed to enter Australia from November 21 onwards.

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With the festive season reaching the doorsteps, Australia is all set to resume international tourism. Finally, after months, families are meeting, travel agencies and the aviation industry is picking up green shoots after a very challenging phase. Hopefully, with efficient vaccination drives and other COVID-19 policies, Australia’s tourism sector will be back as a shining star of the land. 
Disclaimer: all passengers entering Australia will need to show proof of negative COVID-19 report, and the unvaccinated travellers will need to adhere to quarantine restrictions. 
SOURCE: KALKINE MEDIA