Prime Minister blocks NSW plan to welcome back tourists to Sydney but quarantine will lifted for Australian citizens

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hosed down New South Wales’ plan to overhaul hotel quarantine and “open to the world’, saying only Australian citizens, residents and their immediate families will be allowed in initially.

Premier Dominic Perrottet on Friday announced fully vaccinated arrivals wouldn’t need to isolate in hotel quarantine from November 1.

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The only provision was two doses of an approved vaccine and negative COVID tests on departure and arrival.

“This decision today is a big one, but it is the right one,” Perrottet said on Friday.

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“We need to rejoin the world. We can’t live here in a hermit kingdom. We want people back.”

But his ambitions of opening New South Wales “to the world” was watered down by the PM on Friday afternoon.

“I want to stress that, for the other states and territories and I have advised the premiers and chief ministers to this end, it is about Australian residents and citizens first.

“The Commonwealth Government has made no decision to allow other visa holders… to come to Australia under these arrangements.

“They are decisions for the Commonwealth Government and when we are in a position to make that decision down the track, obviously in New South Wales, they will be able to do so if they are vaccinated without having to quarantine.”

This is a developing story. More to come.


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