Canberra: International tourists and business travellers on Monday began arriving in Australia with few restrictions, bringing together families in tearful reunions after separations of two years or longer forced by some of the most draconian pandemic measures of any democracy in the world.
Australia closed its borders to tourists in March 2020 in a bid to reduce the local spread of COVID-19, but on Monday removed its final travel restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers.
Australia on Monday reported 17,736 new COVID-19 infections in the latest 24-hour period and 34 deaths. Australia’s death toll since the pandemic began is 4,929.
Australia imposed some of the world’s toughest travel restrictions on its citizens and permanent residents in March 2020 to prevent them from bringing COVID-19 home.