Australia will open its international borders in November after 18 months of strict border 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 percent0 percent double-dose vaccination target.
New South Wales (NSW) may be the first to open its international border, with a 25 per cent vaccination target set for October 25.
“It’s time to dump her and move on,” Morrison told a news conference. “We saved lives. We have made a living, but we need to work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the life they had in this country.
Fully vaccinated Aussies can leave or enter the country at will. Vacated will still be limited by travel caps.
Returning citizens and permanent residents have been vaccinated with a vaccine fully recognized by the nation’s drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will be able to isolate at home for seven days, others will require isolation for 14 days.
Those under the age of 12 or with medical exemptions will be considered vaccinated.
A vaccine document that Australians have promised to leave the country is internationally recognized.
The TGA will recognize two new Covid-1 vaccines as recognized vaccines, the Synovac of China and the Covishield of India, for those entering the country. The TGA, however, will not recognize China’s synopharma vaccine.
Australian universities are urging the government to approve the Chinese vaccine so that international students from China, a major market in the country’s education sector, can return to Australia.
Australia closed its borders on March 20, 2020, requiring government-approved exemptions for citizens and permanent residents to leave the country. Those who return have to go through a 14-day hotel quarantine on arrival, which costs more than 000 3000 (US $ 2166).
The NSW government has indicated it wants to welcome thousands of Australians if the border is reopened. Currently, more than 45,000 Australians are still stranded abroad waiting to come to the country.
The federal government is also working on separate travel with countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and the South Pacific. Australia’s main airline Qantas has already scheduled the first batch of international flights for vaccinated passengers. 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