01.10.2021 – 07:100
The prime minister has announced that vaccinated Australians will be able to return to travel “in the coming weeks”.
The decision will be implemented as soon as the target of 80% of the vaccinated population is reached. “It’s time to bring Australians back to life.”
CANBERRA – Australia will begin reopening its borders next month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said overnight, 18 months after citizens were banned due to Covid-19 from traveling abroad without specific authorization.
Morrison said vaccinated Australians could return home and travel abroad “in the next few weeks” once the vaccination target, set at 80%, is met.
“Now is the time to bring Australians back to life. We are preparing and Australia will be ready to take off very soon, ”the premier said. Morrison added that vaccinated residents could go into home quarantine for seven days upon their return, avoiding the mandatory and expensive 14-day hotel quarantine currently imposed.
On March 20 last year, Australia introduced some of the world’s toughest border restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past 560 days, countless international flights have been blocked and travel abroad has been minimized. Families have been separated on several continents, with citizens stranded abroad while foreign residents have remained stranded in the country. According to data from the Ministry of the Interior, more than 100,000 requests to enter or leave Australia were rejected in the first five months of this year alone.
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