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Sydney airport welcomes the return of quarantine-free travel after 582 days

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The reopening of the international border and the return of fully vaccinated travelers from around the world were both celebrated at Sydney Airport.

On Monday, November 1, the first flight without passenger capacity restrictions or quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated passengers landed in Sydney.

After 582 days, the Australian government reopened its international border on Monday. Following a global outbreak of the coronavirus, Australia imposed tight border restrictions on March 20 of last year.

At the airport, there were tears, laughter, and warm embraces as friends and relatives reconnected after a lengthy 18-month separation. Julie Choo, who had flown in from the United Kingdom to see her sick mother in the hospital, reportedly stated she was trying not to cry when the plane landed in Sydney. She stated, ”

“I just can’t wait to touch my mother’s hand when I see her. I can’t wait to hold her.”

“It’s going to be very emotional.”

In a statement, Sydney Airport’s Chief Executive, Geoff Culbert, said:

“Today (November 1 2021), some of the magic returned to our arrival halls; grandparents are meeting grandkids for the first time, families reuniting, all of the scenes that have been absent for far too long.”

“We still have a long way to go in terms of the recovery of our sector, but allowing fully vaccinated Australians to travel without quarantine will provide the template for bringing back students, business travelers, and tourists from all over the world,” he added.

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