Tourism Minister Dan Tehan announced that the International border of Australia could be opened at least by Christmas
The Australian government has said it expects international travel to resume by the end of this year. Tourism Minister Dan Tehan has said plans are afoot to open borders as vaccination rates rise in Australia.
He added that the system, which includes a vaccine passport, would pave the way for hotel quarantine-free travel from Australia to abroad. According to the National Plan on Border Opening, 80 percent of people over the age of 16 in the country will be allowed to travel abroad after receiving the two-dose vaccine
In addition, those who have received two doses of the TGA-approved vaccine can be quarantined at home. Dan Tehan said more Australians should come forward for vaccination to resume their overseas travel.
He said the implementation of the national plan to open the border should go ahead without compromise. He made it clear that his intention was to start a trip abroad, at least for Christmas. But he added that it was not clear which countries the trip would be to too soon.
At least 45,000 Australians are still reported to be stranded in foreign countries. At the same time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the goal was to open the border as soon as possible. He said the government would like to welcome international students and skilled migrants back to Australia.
He added that the increase in vaccination rates in Australia gives hope for a resumption of travel.
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