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Dreaming of a vacation? Escaping the everyday and jetting off on a tropical holiday is just one step closer, with Thailand opening their travel bubble with Australia this November.
The bubble officially opens on November 1, coinciding with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s confirmation that the nation’s hard borders will dissolve on the same date for fully vaccinated Australian’s.
The exciting news comes as Thailand announced its gradual plan to welcome tourists and residents back to the Southeast Asia destination, with ten low-risk countries granted the green tick of approval to arrive quarantine-free. Amongst Australia, is Singapore, the UK and Germany. Thailand’s premier entertainment venues will open on December 1.
Fully vaccinated Australians will be able to enter the Southeast Asian country, granted they can provide proof of vaccination and return two negative COVID-19 PCR tests, one prior to travel and one on arrival.
Currently, flights are only departing from Sydney. However, with quarantine requirements for all states and territories entering SA set to drop in late November, the flight path will mean you will only have to do a short stop-over in NSW before departing on holiday. Flights departing Melbourne are set to resume in early 2022.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has also announced from November 23 quarantine requirements will reduce to seven days for returning residents who are fully vaccinated (see more about that here).
South Australia’s international border and quarantine restrictions will also dissolve once the state hits the 90 per cent threshold of people over 12 double vaccinated, which is estimated to happen just before Christmas.
The recent chatter surrounding ditching border restrictions and approving international arrivals spells good news for people with a travel itch they’ve long been wanting to scratch.
As of October 25, 79.6 per cent of South Australians have received their first COVID vaccination, a positive sign for the state reaching the vital 80 per cent double vaccinated milestone. A total of 63.1 per cent of the state have been fully vaccinated as of Monday.