Australia will reopen its borders to tourists on Monday, after 2 years of restrictions by Covid-19

Australia will reopen its international borders on Monday to vaccinated touristsnearly two years after the pandemic imposed some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world.

“The wait is over,” the prime minister said at a press conference on Sunday. Scott Morrison.

“Pack your bags,” he launched to potential visitors, adding: “Don’t forget to bring money, because you will find many places to spend it.”

The first flight to Sydney Airport will arrive from The Angels at 06:00 local time on Monday (19:00 GMT on Sunday), followed by others from Tokyo, Vancouver and Singapore.

56 international flights are expected to arrive in Australia within 24 hours of reopening, a volume well below pre-pandemic levels, although Morrison said he “has no doubt” that this number will increase shortly.

Australia closed its borders to almost everyone, except its citizens and resident aliens, from March 2020, in its attempt to stop the increase in the number of infections by Covid-19.

This travel ban also affected its citizens, who could only travel abroad with just cause.

According to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, each month of such restrictions cost businesses about A$3.6 billion (US$2.6 billion), with tourism particularly hard hit.

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