From November, Australia will relax international border restrictions and recognize the Covishield vaccine.

Australia will reopen the international border for citizens and permanent residents from November. It also recognized China's Sinovac and India-made Covishield vaccines for incoming international travelers
Australia to ease international border restrictions from Nov

Only Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines are now recognized in Australia

On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that the international border will reopen to citizens and permanent residents beginning next month.

Australia has also recognized China's Sinovac and India's Covishield vaccines, advising that these vaccines should be deemed "recognized vaccines" for the purposes of verifying whether incoming overseas travelers have received adequate vaccinations.

Only Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines are now recognized in Australia.

"We've saved lives," Scott Morrison was reported as saying by Reuters. "But we need to work together to guarantee that Australians can restore the lives they once enjoyed in this nation."

The first phase of the reopening will focus on allowing citizens and permanent residents to depart Australia, with additional modifications expected to allow international visitors to enter.

For the purposes of travel, Australian citizens and permanent residents who are unable to be vaccinated - for example, if they are under the age of 12 or have a medical condition - will be treated as vaccinated.

Australians who are completely vaccinated will be able to go overseas and return home after completing a seven-day quarantine. Those who have not been vaccinated will be obliged to stay in a hotel for 14 days when they return.

Australia will also try to make it possible for some countries, such as New Zealand, to travel without having to pass through quarantine.

Testing is expected to remain a necessity for overseas travel in the future, but this is subject to medical opinion.

In the following weeks, Australians who want to travel overseas when the restrictions are lifted will be able to get an internationally recognized proof of vaccination paper to show their vaccination status. The evidence of vaccination for overseas travel will include a globally accessible QR code that complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization's criteria.

Commercial airlines and foreign governments have already begun to engage in discussions to ensure that they are familiar with the system.