Australia To Require Negative Covid-19 Test For Entry

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Greg Hunt, Health Minister of Australia said on Thursday that from Friday (22 January 2021) people traveling to Australia from most countries will need to test negative for the coronavirus within 72 hours before they depart.

The order also stated that all international passengers to wear masks on their flights.

Australia’s international borders are mostly closed, although there are exemptions in special circumstances. All arrivals must do mandatory quarantine.

Victoria state, which has Melbourne as its capital, accounted for 810 of Australia’s 909 deaths from COVID-19, most of those during a deadly second wave three months ago which resulted in curfews and lockdowns for the city.

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New Zealand and a handful of Pacific Island countries are exempt from the new rules. Australia’s announcement came a day after New Zealand said that travelers from most other nations will need to show negative pre-departure coronavirus tests from January 25.

New Zealand recently imposed the rule on travelers from the U.S. and the U.K. and is extending it to all other countries, except for Australia and a handful of Pacific Island nations.

(Source: Associated Press)


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