Australia: Later this month, Australia's international border will reopen to fully vaccinated visitors from Singapore. After meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the resumption of quarantine-free travel.
Morrison stated that Australia is "slinging its doors open" to fully vaccinated Singaporean visitors, which would be a significant boost to the tourism industry. According to the Australian, Morrison said, "It follows the announcement this week that fully vaccinated travellers from New Zealand will be welcomed back in October." Furthermore, for the first time since March 2020, Australians who have received two coronavirus vaccine doses will be able to leave the country freely starting Monday.
Last week, the federal government amended the Human Biosecurity Determination, a law passed in March 2020 to limit international travel during the coronavirus pandemic, to eliminate the requirement for fully vaccinated Australians to seek permission to leave the country.
It was the first step in Australia's reopening to the rest of the world, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt. As the country battles the third wave of infections, Australia reported more than 1,600 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases and ten deaths on Monday. Victoria, the country's second-most populous state, saw the newest cases, with 1,471 cases and four deaths reported.