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Australia Moves Forward In Reopening International Travel

The Australian government has taken a major step in its plans for its own digital certification system to boost hopes of the country reopening more quickly to international tourism.

The government said it had appointed Accenture to deliver the digital passenger declaration (DPD), which was the “next step in preparation for reopening Australia to international travel at scale”.

The new DPD will replace Australia’s current physical passenger card for arrivals, as well as the Covid travel declaration online form. The DPD will include passengers’ vaccination status up to 72 hours before boarding their flight and can be completed on mobile devices or computers.

Earlier this month, Australia extended its ban on overseas travel by another three months to 17th December based on the latest medical advice and information on Covid-19 infection rates.

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