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Factbox-Australia prepares to reopen borders for first time during pandemic

Added 10-26-21 11:04:02pm EST - “Australia will start lifting its outbound travel ban for fully vaccinated residents from Nov. 1 amid a strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, as Sydney and Melbourne, its biggest cities, prepare to welcome overseas travellers without…” - News.yahoo.com

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will start lifting its outbound travel ban for fully vaccinated residents from Nov. 1 amid a strong uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, as Sydney and Melbourne, its biggest cities, prepare to welcome overseas travellers without quarantine.

Unvaccinated travellers will still be allowed entry if they agree to undergo the two-week mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

The travel arrangements, however, are not uniform across Australia, as the country's states and territories have differing vaccination rates and health policies.

Here are some indicated dates in Australia's path to reopening borders based on current vaccination rates:

** New South Wales and Victoria - home to more than half of Australia's near 26 million population - will allow quarantine-free entry to all international travellers, although citizens and permanent residents will benefit first.

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