Australia to welcome international cruises from next month

By Linsey McNeill
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Australia has confirmed that its two-year ban on international cruises will end next month.

The Government said today that international cruise ships will be allowed to enter its ports again from 18 April.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the decision not to extend the ban, first imposed in March 2020, was based on ‘medical advice with the agreement of the National Cabinet’.

He added: “Lifting the cruise ban is consistent with the reopening of Australia’s international border and shows that we have successfully navigated Australia’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Passengers will be required to be fully vaccinated, and cruise ships must have plans to manage a COVID outbreak.

Prior to the pandemic, around 600,000 people a year visited Australia on cruises.

Several cruise lines are planning to return, with Princess Cruises confirming that Coral Princess will begin sailing from Brisbane in June and P&O Australia planning to resume operations at the end of May.

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