Brisbane Airport welcomes international travel changes
Brisbane Airport (BNE) is welcoming a government decision to make it easier for travelers to fly in and out of Australia.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the changes would have a two-pronged positive impact.
"This removes another hurdle for international travelers as they weigh up which country to visit. Australia is competing for every tourist dollar, and for thousands of potential visitors, this will make us a more attractive destination.
"Once visitors land, these changes will also speed up the time it takes for people to be processed through our terminals. We know the travel industry globally is facing staffing challenges as we gear back up to pre-Covid levels, and this will certainly help."
Passengers flying to Australia will still be required to wear masks on all international flights.
Under changes announced by the Commonwealth, from July 6:
- Passengers traveling to Australia will no longer be required to provide evidence of vaccination;
- Unvaccinated visa holders will not require a travel exemption;
- Passengers will not be required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (Air);
- Passengers departing Australia will not be required to provide evidence of their vaccination status.
As the primary gateway for overseas tourists entering Queensland, Brisbane Airport is now seeing daily passenger peaks of 10,000 people through its International Terminal.
On July 3, Air Canada resumed services from Brisbane to Vancouver.
In October, United Airlines will launch the Brisbane to San Francisco route.