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Australia's international COVID-19 border restrictions have been lifted, meaning overseas arrivals no longer have to prove they have been vaccinated.

More than two years after the pandemic began, the change marks the end of significant COVID-based restrictions on travel into Australia, reports the ABC.

While Australian citizens were able to arrive unvaccinated, most foreign travellers needed to seek an exemption on limited grounds.

From midnight Wednesday morning 6 July, those requirements were scrapped altogether, opening the international border in full to unvaccinated travellers.

Virgin, Qantas and its budget option Jetstar all still require passengers to present a vaccination certificate in order to fly internationally.

Exceptions apply to children under 12 or those who are under 17 and under and flying with a vaccinated parent or guardian.

Some partner airlines such as Singapore Air, Emirates, American Airlines and Air New Zealand do not have the same requirements. Passengers will still be allowed on these flights even if they are booked through the Australian carriers.

The Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), which recorded passengers' vaccination status, is also being scrapped — but not forever.

It is expected the DPD system will eventually take the place of the paper international arrival cards which are filled out by anyone landing in Australia.

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