To vax or not to vax: No worries in these APAC countries

From 6 July, Australia joins Vietnam in dropping all vaccination and Covid-19 test requirements for travellers.

International travellers no longer have to show proof of their vaccination status when they visit Australia from 6 July.
International travellers no longer have to show proof of their vaccination status when they visit Australia from 6 July. Photo Credit: GettyImages/JohnCrux

Even while most of the region began easing travel and entry restrictions during the endemic period, Australia continued to operate very strict border control protocols.

That is set to change, however, as of 6 July, when the country is dropping all vaccination and testing requirements for travellers.

Australia follows Vietnam's playbook, which had become the first Southeast Asian country to no longer require travellers to show proof of vaccination and entry tests, as of 15 May.

In Vietnam, arriving passengers are requested to self-monitor their health, especially for the first 10 days upon entry, and comply with mask wearing regulations wherever required.

In Australia, travellers, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are still required to comply with any mask mandates imposed by airlines, shipping operators, on domestic and international flights, public transport, cruise terminals and healthcare facilities.

Australian health minister Mark Butler said that even though Australia has eased up on its vaccination requirement, the country will still continue to “act on the medical advice as needed”.

Earlier, Australia had reopened its borders on 21 February, before removing the need for any pre-departure or on-arrival Covid-19 testings for passengers since 18 April.