International tourists to be welcomed across the country once again

More than 50 international flights will touch down on Australian soil tomorrow as international border restrictions are officially wound back.

Tourists will once again be welcomed into the country after two years of being shut out in a bid to reinvigorate the nation’s ravaged tourism industry.

More than half of the 50 flights will land into Sydney’s international airport, coming from countries like Singapore, Japan and the US.
A traveller pushes a luggage cart outside the departure hall of the international terminal of Sydney Airport in Sydney.
More than 50 international flights with touch down on Australian soil in the 24 hours from tomorrow. (Bloomberg)

With the influx of tourists, warnings have also been issued for a spike in influenza cases.

Authorities have reminded residents to make an appointment for the flu shot when it becomes available next month.

Travellers from all over the globe will now be eligible to visit Australia, however they must be double vaccinated before they fly.

Generic plane, flight, Jetstar, Sydney airport. 19th January 2021 Photo Louise Kennerley
The nation’s international borders have been closed for some two years. (Louise Kennerley)

“This is the exciting announcement the aviation sector has been waiting for,” Australian Airports Association (AAA) Chief Executive James Goodwin said earlier this month.

“International travel is only at 15 per cent of pre-COVID levels so this is a positive step to help the recovery of the aviation and tourism sectors.”

Passengers at Sydney Airport. At present it is difficult to both leave or enter Australia.
With the influx of tourists, warnings have also been issued for a spike in influenza cases. (Getty)

Mr Goodwin noted domestic routes would also get a vital boost from the return of international travellers.

“International tourists don’t just visit one Australian city,” he said.

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“They fly from state to state to see all of what our nation has to offer so it is vital all domestic borders reopen and stay open.”

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