Australia will open its international border in November after 18 months of strict restrictions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced detailed plans to lift the international travel ban. States and territories will reopen at different rates depending on when they achieve the 80 percent double-dose vaccination target.
New South Wales (NSW) is likely to be the first to open its international border, reaching an estimated 80 percent vaccination target on October 25.
“The time has come for the Australians to give their lives back,” Morrison said at the press conference. “We have saved lives. We have saved livelihoods, but we must work together to ensure that Australians can regain the life they once had in this country. “
A fully vaccinated Australian can leave or enter the country at will. Non-vaccination will still be restricted by the travel cap.
Returning citizens and permanent residents fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by the country’s drug regulator, The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will also be able to quarantine at home for seven days, while others for 14 days. Will have to quarantine.
Those who are below 12 years of age or who have medical exemption will be treated as vaccinated.
Australians leaving the country are promised a vaccine document that is internationally recognized.
The TGA will recognize two new COVID-19 vaccines as recognized vaccines, China’s Sinovac and India’s Covishield, for those entering the country. However, the TGA will not recognize China’s Sinopharm vaccine.
Australian universities are urging the government to approve Chinese vaccines so that Chinese international students, a key market for the country’s education sector, can return to Australia.
Australia closed its border on March 20, 2020, requiring citizens and permanent residents to leave the country with a government-given exemption. The returnees are required to undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine upon arrival, which has cost over $3000 (US$2166).
The NSW government has indicated it would like to welcome thousands of Australians back when the borders reopen. Currently, more than 45,000 Australians are still stranded overseas waiting to be repatriated.
The federal government is also working with countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and the South Pacific on quarantine-free travel. Australia’s leading airline, Qantas, has already scheduled the first batch of international flights for vaccinated passengers. The flights will depart from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with destinations including London, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Vancouver, Singapore, Tokyo and Fiji.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times