After the low down in cases of novel coronavirus, Sydney will end its quarantine for fully vaccinated international travellers from 1 November, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrot said on Friday, foreshadowing a full return of foreign travel after more than 19 months.

Australia closed its international borders in March 2020 in response to the pandemic, allowing entry only to citizens and permanent residents, who are required to undergo a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Perrottet told reporters, "We want people back, we are leading the nation out of the pandemic … we are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world,"

The federal government's reopening plan unveiled in July proposes a gradual reopening of international travel with safe countries to return vaccinated Australians, when the absolute vaccination rate reaches 80 percent. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office was not immediately available to comment on the New South Wales plan.

New South Wales is expected to reach the full immunization level of 80 per cent in the adult population by the end of this week, while the rest of the country will take at least a few weeks to reach that level.


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