Pre-flight testing to go

FEDERAL Health Minister Greg Hunt this morning confirmed that as well as lifting the ban on foreign cruise lines (TD 17 Mar), the overall biosecurity emergency declaration which has given him special pandemic powers will not be renewed when it expires on 17 Apr.

Hunt said the decision was being made on “unanimous medical advice,” and would lead to other consequences including the removal of any requirement for pre-flight testing for COVID-19 on inbound flights.

Non-emergency provisions will remain in place, including requiring double vaccination for entry or exit from the country, and the use of masks on domestic and international flights.

“So that gives you a sense of Australia progressively returning to normal,” he said, noting that the best protection against COVID-19 was still vaccination.

Hunt also announced new recommendations for a fourth dose or “winter booster” jab for certain parts of the population including those aged over 65, during a window of 4-6 months after the first booster.

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