SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Thursday eased its COVID-19 travel warning level for several countries including the United States, Britain and Canada as it prepares to reopen its borders next week for the first time in more than 18 months.
Australia will lift the ban on overseas travel for fully vaccinated residents, starting from November 1, after a strong increase in vaccinations, while Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities, look to receive travelers from abroad without quarantine.
As Australia begins easing travel restrictions, Victoria recorded on Thursday the largest daily number of deaths during the outbreak of the Delta strain of the Corona virus, with 25 new deaths, in addition to recording 1923 infections, the highest increase in infections in four days.
Neighboring New South Wales, which includes Sydney, recorded 293 new infections, down from 304 on Wednesday.
Despite the wave of the Delta strain, the number of HIV infections in Australia is still relatively low according to international standards, as the country recorded a total of about 166,000 infections and 1,694 deaths.
Under the updated Travel Warnings, the no-travel advisory that had been applied to all destinations was removed in March 2020. However, the travel advisory for any country will not be lowered below the second level of caution.