Victoria to scrap hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated Australians in plan to jumpstart international travel

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Victoria is set to scrap hotel quarantine for international arrivals – with some caveats – bringing the state in line with New South Wales’ plan.

Reports on Friday morning say the state government’s hotel quarantine program will end from next month.

It would mirror the plan in New South Wales to mandate quarantine only for those who are unvaccinated or have COVID-19, the ABC reports.

In New South Wales, from November 1, international arrivals must be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine and have two negative COVID tests, one before takeoff and one on arrival.

The ABC reports Victoria is set to announce the change will also come into effect from November 1.

Victorians could soon be able to travel overseas and return without quarantining. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE

When NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the change, he included tourists and students in the opening up plan.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison quickly refuted that and said it would be Australians first.

“I want to stress that, for the other states and territories and I have advised the premiers and chief ministers to this end, it is about Australian residents and citizens first,” he said.

“The Commonwealth Government has made no decision to allow other visa holders… to come to Australia under these arrangements.

Hotel Quarantine workers are seen pushing luggage trolleys into the Intercontinental Hotel on April 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
Hotel Quarantine workers are seen pushing luggage trolleys into the Intercontinental Hotel on April 08, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

“They are decisions for the Commonwealth Government and when we are in a position to make that decision down the track, obviously in New South Wales, they will be able to do so if they are vaccinated without having to quarantine.”

Under the national reopening plan, the requirements for vaccinated arrivals to quarantine is scaled down at 80 per cent double dose coverage.

New South Wales reached that target last weekend and Victoria is set to reach it within a fortnight.

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