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From Wednesday, international travellers will no longer need to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status to fly into Australia.

While unvaccinated Australians and certain groups of visa holders have been able to enter the country for some time, all travellers will now be allowed in, regardless of whether they’ve been immunised or not.

It also means passengers won’t have to fill in the digital passenger declaration form, which officials admitted “needs work”.

A plane arrives at Sydney Airport.
While unvaccinated Australians and certain groups of visa holders have been able to enter the country for some time, all travellers will now be allowed in, regardless of whether they’ve been immunised or not. (AP)

It means all visa holders can travel to Australia without needing a travel exemption. Certain groups had remained locked out of coming into the country.

“As more and more of us travel internationally and we get more confident in managing our risk of COVID, our airports are getting busier,” Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said.

Passengers arrive early morning at Sydney Airport amid the new rules.
From Wednesday, international travellers will no longer need to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status to fly into Australia. (AP)

“And for Australian citizens, with the removal of these requirements, returning home will be much easier.

“We’ve also listened to feedback about the DPD. While in time it will replace the paper based incoming passenger card, it needs a lot more work to make it user friendly.”

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