What you need to know about international travel resuming in Australia

International travel will recommence for Australians from next month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

The resumption of international travel comes as Australia moves into Phase C of the National Plan once states hit their 80 per cent vaccination targets.

Here is how international travel will work:

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Who will be able to travel overseas and return?

Australian residents and citizens who are fully vaccinated will be able to leave the country and return next month once states and territories move into Phase C of the National Plan.

How will the restart of international travel work?

People who have had both doses of a TGA-approved vaccine will be able to leave Australia and then upon their return, quarantine inside their homes for seven days.

Travellers who are not vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine will need to follow a "managed quarantine process" for 14 days.

Home quarantine trials in several states will need to be completed and proven to be sustainable at widespread levels.

International commercial flights carrying Australians overseas will be offered to states and territories that have agreed to commence home quarantine trials.

Flight caps will be lifted for vaccinated travellers, but caps will remain for non-vaccinated people.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference at The Lodge in Canberra on Friday 1 October 2021.

Can unvaccinated people travel?

Australians who cannot be vaccinated – such as under-12s and people with certain medical conditions – will be treated as vaccinated.

Airlines may require mandatory vaccination in order to travel, but unvaccinated travellers who return to Australia and do not have exemptions will need to undergo two weeks of managed quarantine.

What countries will be open for travel?

There will be no restrictions on which countries will be open for travel.

But Mr Morrison said Australia would be working towards completely quarantine-free travel for countries such as New Zealand.

Will you need vaccine passports to travel?

Australians will be provided with an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document that will be available in the coming weeks.

The proof of vaccination will include a QR code "that is readable globally".

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Will all states be a part of international travel recommencing?

Once states and territories move to Phase C of the National Plan it is expected they will accept and receive international flights at some stage.

However, no specific date has been given as to when states will begin accepting and receiving flights.

Sydney International Airport will become the first to see flights take off en masse due to the high rates of vaccination in NSW.

Premier Daniel Andrews today said Victoria would likely be involved in the pilot program restarting international travel, flagging flights to and from London.

The premier said the details still needed to be sorted out, but the state was "absolutely up for that".

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