Australia scraps pre-departure testing requirement for travellers

By MiNDFOOD

Rapid antigen test kit with negative result
Rapid antigen test kit with negative result.

Travellers to Australia will no longer be required to provide proof of a negative pre-departure COVID test.

The rule is set to be removed from 17 April.

Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters he would not be renewing the COVID biosecurity orders, which cover mandatory pre-departure testing.

“The country is ready to move on from the emergency declaration made two years and one month ago. I will not be renewing the biosecurity emergency determination,” Hunt said.

“That’s on strong advice from [Chief Medical Officer] Professor Kelly and our other medical advisers; the unanimous advice that was given to me and discussed with the national security committee of cabinet.”

Travellers will still need to show proof of receiving at least two doses of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Mask mandates for flights will also remain.

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