The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the international visitor arrivals for January 2022.
A total of 53,880 international visitor arrivals occurred for the month of January and the top five visitor markets were the United Kingdom (9,320 visitors), India (6,390visitors), the USA (4,760 visitors),
Singapore (3,030 visitors), China (2,600 visitors) and New Zealand (2,180 visitors).
Further, according to Tourism Australia, the strengthening of the bilateral relationship between Australia and India has encouraged the local tourism sector “to be confident about India’s resurgence once the borders reopen.”
- Tourism Australia’s Consumer Demand Project research shows that 1.8million (82%) of high-value travellers in India intend to visit Australia, and Australia has maintained its highest ranking across all key factors that travellers consider before deciding a holiday destination
- With the announcement of Qantas’ direct flights to India, the non-stop services on the India/Australia route have more than doubled than pre-COVID levels
- The Visa Application Charge (VAC) waiver scheme announced by the Department of Home Affairs offers a unique benefit to thousands of Indian travellers who were unable to travel due to COVID
In February, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said that Tourism Australia had been prepared to ramp up its international marketing efforts once the border re-opening was announced.
“The world has been waiting two years to get Down Under for a holiday and our latest ad campaign will remind them of what they’ve been missing.”
With an aim to lure Indian travellers to Australia, Tourism Australia has launched a new traveller campaign for all-inclusive, return economy-class airfares to Australia starting from just Rs. 48,300.
“There has never been a better time to hop on Down Under for a holiday, see the family, & watch the upcoming #T20WorldCup. We look forward to welcoming our friends soon!”
Tourism Australia has partnered with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Thai Airways and Scoot.
Further, the commencement of direct flights by Qantas and Air India has come as a boost to travellers from both countries.
As per Tourism Australia’s announcement on social media, the present offer of sale is valid until 12 May 2022 and offers travel validity up to 31 March 2023.
- From 21 February 2022, visa holders who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccine can travel to Australia quarantine-free, without the need to apply for a travel exemption.
- To be eligible to enter Australia, international travellers must:
- hold a valid Australian visa.
- be fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and provide proof of vaccination status.
- Present a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) within 24 hours of departure or a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure (unless a medical exemption applies).
- Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before departure.
- Fully vaccinated visa holders can enter all states and territories quarantine-free from 21 February 2022, except for Western Australia.
- Travellers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly so it is important to check the latest requirements before travelling. Travellers are also encouraged to check any requirements for stopover destinations that they are transitioning through.
- For requirements for travel into specific states and territories in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website | State and Territory Information.
- For more information on travelling to Australia visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs I Travelling to Australia