ABF Celebrates 100 Days of Open Borders at Perth Airport

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Article: Today marks 100 days since Western Australia opened its border to vaccinated international passengers at Perth Airport, at one minute past midnight on 3 March 2022.

For passengers landing at Perth Airport over the past 100 days, the first to welcome them have been the dedicated men and women of the Australian Border Force (ABF).

ABF Commander West James Copeman said ABF officers are welcoming back international travellers after 697 days of COVID-related travel restrictions.

Over the past 100 days, ABF officers have processed more than 158,000 arrivals through Perth Airport, and a similar number of passengers departing, averaging around 5,000 total passenger movements each day,” said Commander Copeman.

This includes returning Australians to reunite with family, working holiday makers, international students, people travelling for business and tourists – all helping to boost the local economy.

During this time, the Department of Home Affairs and the ABF also launched the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), to help keep travellers and the wider community safe.

We’ve been working hard over the last two years to maintain the integrity of the Australian border, focusing on ensuring a streamlined and safe travel experience as public health requirements continue to change,” he said.

On 28 March 2022, Perth Airport’s Terminal 3 (T3) re-opened, and on 23 May T3 welcomed back the Qantas long haul direct flight from London to Perth, after being directed to Darwin during the border closure.

Commander Copeman said the past 100 days were a source of great pride to the ABF due to the way officers had dealt with the multitude of challenges they have faced.

We have a travelling public who are flying for the first time since the border re-opened and are unfamiliar with the new processes, which we understand can be frustrating after a long flight,” he said.

We’re committed to providing a professional and welcoming experience for both our inbound and outbound travellers, while ensuring our border protection duties remain as strong and focused as ever.

The Australian Border Force is no stranger to adapting and adjusting to changing environments, and the reopening of borders is no exception.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, the Australian Border Force has proven to be a frontline force, ensuring the safety and security of all international travellers entering and leaving the country.

With the border well and truly open, Australia welcomes international travellers with open arms, fostering a renewed sense of normalcy and global connection.