Australia fully reopens borders after two years

Australia fully reopens borders after two years

Australia on Monday fully reopened its international borders to travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus after nearly two years of pandemic-related closings as tourists returned and hundreds of people were reunited with family and friends.

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

After two years of closed borders, Australia welcomes the world back

Australia said on Monday it will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers this month, ending two years of misery for the tourism sector, reviving migration and injecting billions of dollars into the world No. 13 economy.

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australia on alert as first Omicron community case confirmed

Australian authorities on Tuesday confirmed a person with Covid-19 had the new Omicron variant after disclosing that the person had been active in the community, but urged calm as they weighed up the severity of the strain.

Concerns over Covid variant trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases

Concerns over Covid variant trigger more travel curbs, UK detects cases

Australia and several other countries joined nations imposing restrictions on travel from southern Africa on Saturday after the discovery of the new Omicron coronavirus variant sparked global concern and triggered a sell-off on financial market

Australian police take control of Solomon Islands capital after days of unrest

Australian police take control of Solomon Islands capital after days of unrest

Australian police began taking control of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara on Friday after days of violent protests in the South Pacific island nation, witnesses said.

Durian fruit sparks Canberra 'gas leak' emergency

Durian fruit sparks Canberra 'gas leak' emergency

Canberra firefighters rushed to a store in Australia's capital Friday after reports of a gas leak -- only to find the smell was caused by the penetrating waft of durian fruit.

Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors

Sydney to scrap quarantine, readies to welcome overseas visitors

Sydney will scrap all quarantine requirements for travellers from next month, officials said Friday, an abrupt step toward reopening Australia's long-shuttered borders.

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia to ease 18-month-old border closure 'within weeks' Sydney

Australia will begin to reopen its borders next month, the country's prime minister said Friday, 18 months after citizens were banned from travelling overseas without permission.

Sydney outbreak a 'national emergency' as cases spike

Sydney outbreak a 'national emergency' as cases spike

Sydney's fast-growing coronavirus outbreak has become a "national emergency," state leaders said Friday, as Australia's largest city reported another record number of new infections.

Australia battles Delta Covid surge as Europe eases restrictions

Australia battles Delta Covid surge as Europe eases restrictions

Australia's largest city entered a two-week lockdown on Saturday to contain a sudden Covid surge, but several European nations lifted restrictions despite the global spread of a highly contagious form of the disease.

Australia deputy PM loses job in government climate split

Australia deputy PM loses job in government climate split

A climate change revolt in Australia's governing coalition on Monday brought in a new deputy prime minister likely to challenge the country's already hesitant moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia's New South Wales reports zero Covid-19 cases, fears remain over missing link

Australia's New South Wales reports zero Covid-19 cases, fears remain over missing link

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state reported zero Covid-19 cases for a fourth straight day on Monday, but concerns about new infections remained as the missing link in a case that has reinstated restrictions continued to elude officials.