Due to the country’s escalating COVID-19 case statistics, countries and jurisdictions throughout the world are imposing extra restrictions on passengers from Australia for the first time in over 18 months.
Australians may soon be banned to go to Europe for non-essential reasons, while Americans have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Australia.
The European Council has designated Australia as a “COVID danger zone,” along with a number of other “high-risk” countries such as Canada and Argentina, off its “white list” for visa-free travel.
As a result of the move, the Council has proposed that members of the European Union restrict non-essential access to their nations from Australia.
However, each country is free to make its own judgment, with countries like Italy and Greece already announcing that they will not impose limits on Australian visitors.
Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified Australia, along with 21 other nations, as a high-risk Level 4 “Do Not Travel” destination.
While the decision does not technically prohibit anyone from traveling to or from Australia, it does indicate that the US government is urging Americans – particularly those who are unvaccinated – to avoid going there due to the ongoing Omicron outbreak.