Australia’s federal government controls who is admissible to the country. Each state within Australia controls its quarantine procedures, and also whether each state is open to travel from other states.
And an announcement by the Premier of New South Wales, Australia (where Sydney is located) has thrown the country into something of disarray.
New South Wales says,
- They plan to fully re-open November 1
- Both to Australians and tourists
- With proof of full vaccination and a negative PCR test
- And no quarantine will be required on arrival
Politicians in both the federal government and other state governments are losing their minds.
It follows earlier reports of ‘robust’ exchanges between the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier over Covid financial support, where he allegedly referred to Mr Perrottett as “a f***wt.”
There are also concerns that the NSW Premier is adopting a “let it rip” approach now that the state is nearly 80 per cent double vaccinated, with the target expected to be met this weekend.
But Mr Perrottet insisted he wanted the world to know the state was “open for business” and the days of living in a “hermit kingdom” were “over.”
Australia has had its borders mostly shut for a year and a half.
- Residents could not leave the country, except to go to New Zealand for a period of time (and they were threatened with prosecution if they used New Zealand as a jumping off point to travel elsewhere).
- Australians couldn’t return home to their country without first getting one of a limited number of slots for state quarantine. Thousands have been trapped abroad throughout the pandemic.
- Even various state borders have been intermittently closed.
New South Wales cannot on its own admit tourists to the country, even when they arrive in Sydney. However allowing those who do enter the country to skip required quarantine may mean that other Australian states keep their borders closed to New South Wales residents.