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Pre-departure COVID test for international travellers to Australia ditched

The federal government is ditching a requirement for overseas travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they fly to Australia. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would no longer make it a condition of entry that people had to show they had tested negative for the virus before …

Department of Home Affairs: Ukraine visa support

The Department is supporting Australia’s response to the ​crisis in Ukraine and is progressing visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, particularly for those with a connection to Australia. Since 23 February 2022, the Department has granted around 4,500, mostly temporary, visas to Ukrainians in Ukraine and hundreds more to Ukrainians …

WHO chief optimistic disease will be beaten in 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief says he is optimistic that the coronavirus pandemic will be defeated in 2022, provided countries work together to contain its spread. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu warned against “narrow nationalism and vaccine hoarding” in a new year statement. His comments come two years since the …