A boost for NSW Tourism, Investment and Trade with re-opening of international borders

The NSW Government has today welcomed news the Federal Government is set to re-open international borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 21 February providing a massive boost for NSW tourism, investment, and trade.

Almost two years after the nation’s borders were closed to the world, the NSW visitor economy is set to boom, with late summer and early autumn considered by many international travellers to be the optimal season to experience the unique outdoor and cultural lifestyle of Sydney and NSW. 

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said this would provide further momentum to the NSW Government’s recovery roadmap and the return of foreign investment.

“The NSW Government has led the progressive return of international students and through Investment NSW is underway with a range of initiatives aimed at welcoming more international businesses to the state,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said this was a massive leap for NSW tourism and international investment opportunities.

“Tourism and hospitality operators will welcome the opening of international borders after two incredibly difficult years. This means more jobs, stronger businesses and a faster economic recovery across NSW,” Mr Ayres said.

“The world is moving quickly and this is another critical step towards NSW getting back to normal and us living with the virus.”

All foreign visitors to Australia will have to provide proof that they have received the full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Unvaccinated travellers would still need to apply for a travel exemption to come to Australia and undergo hotel quarantine if they were granted permission to enter the country. NSW Government caps on quarantine for unvaccinated travellers will continue to apply.

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