Brisbane Airport welcomes international travel changes

Relaxation of restrictions to boost tourism & speed up passenger experience

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is welcoming the Albanese Government’s decision to make it easier for travellers to fly in and out of Australia.

Under changes announced by the Commonwealth, from Wednesday July 6:

-        Passengers travelling to Australia will no longer be required to provide evidence of vaccination

-        Unvaccinated visa holders will not require a travel exemption

-        Passengers will not be required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (Air)

-        Passengers departing Australia will not be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status

Gert-Jan de Graaff, Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), says the changes will have a two-pronged positive impact.

“This removes another hurdle for international travellers as they weigh up which country to visit.  Australia is competing for every tourist dollar, and for thousands of potential visitors, this will make us a more attractive destination.”

“Once visitors land, these changes will also speed-up the time it takes for people to be processed through our terminals.  We know the travel industry globally is facing staffing challenges as we gear back up to pre-Covid levels, and this will certainly help.”

Passengers flying to Australia will still be required to wear masks on all international flights.

As the primary gateway for overseas tourists entering Queensland, Brisbane Airport is now seeing daily passenger peaks of 10,000 people through its International Terminal.

On Sunday Air Canada resumed services from Brisbane to Vancouver.

In October, United Airlines will launch the Brisbane to San Francisco route.

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Peter Doherty

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