There’s plenty of good news for travelling around Australia over the summer break and beyond.
Tasmania's borders have been officially flung open overnight, with the state now welcoming visitors from COVID-19 hotspots after 21 months of restrictions.
Hobart Airport is set to receive more than 30 interstate flights throughout Wednesday, including from hotspot areas Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
The first flight from Melbourne touched down in Hobart around 7:35am.
The first Spirit of Tasmania sailing from Melbourne docked in Devonport this morning, and an extra sailing has been added today.
Queensland has also opened up to travellers from domestic COVID-19 hotspots.
People coming to the Sunshine State from one of the previously restricted COVID-19 hotspots can now enter the state by air or road.
You must apply for and receive a Queensland entry pass prior to your entry into Queensland. Once that's approved, your pass will be emailed to you.
If you're coming from a hotspot, no quarantine will be required if you meet the following criteria:
- Fully vaccinated (two vaccine doses and seven days after the second);
- Get a negative COVID test result within 72 hours before arriving into Queensland;
- Have a COVID test on day five after arrival.
- The tests before you get to Queensland, and on day five, both need to be a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests — a rapid antigen test won't cut it.
You can get a PCR test at any state-run testing clinic for free.
If you haven't been to a COVID hotspot in the previous 14 days, there are no restrictions on entering the state and no quarantine is needed.
And finally, Western Australia will reopen its borders to the rest of the world on February 5, almost two years after COVID-19 turned the state into an "island within an island".
The long-awaited announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan came as the state's double-dose vaccination rate for those aged 12 and over reached 80 per cent.
At a media conference in Perth, he said WA's hard border would drop at 12:01am on Saturday, February 5.
The state government hopes 90 per cent of the state's population aged 12 and over will be vaccinated by then.
Once the state reopens, interstate travellers will need to provide proof of full vaccination, and if their trip into WA is for six days or more, they must return a negative PCR test within 72 hours of travel and undertake another test within 48 hours of arrival.
If the trip to WA is for five days or less, travellers will not need to undertake any tests on arrival.
So the big question is, where do you want to go?