February 7, 2022, 03.50 PM

Morrison made it clear, with a reference to the recent Novak Djokovic saga, that even if people had the correct visa to enter Australia, if they were not fully vaccinated — or had an exemption — they would not be allowed to enter.

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“I think events earlier in the year should have sent a very clear message to everyone around the world that (that) is the requirement to enter into Australia,” he said.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the announcement meant Australia was “finally back open for business”.

“This is fantastic news for our people and our customers,” he said.

“There are a lot of tourism operators in city centers and the regions that have been doing it really tough over the past couple of years and this will see more tourists come to their town, spend money and get local economies going again."

“We will be looking at our schedules to see if we can restart flights from more international destinations sooner or add capacity to those routes we are already flying. We have the flexibility to ramp up flights in response to demand.”

Around 660,000 people are working in the tourism industry in Australia.

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The government shut the international border to everyone except Australian citizens and residents in March 2020 amid what was then the emerging coronavirus pandemic.

It was an unprecedented step up from the travel bans that had been in place for anyone from China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Australia.

The government has slowly begun to reopen to certain countries and people, first with the New Zealand travel bubble and most recently allowing tourists from Japan and South Korea, along with some visa holders, back into Australia.

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