Australia Plans To Open Its Doors To Foreign Visitors Within A Year
The Australian International travel ban has been imposed since March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with only citizens, residents and exempted foreigners permitted to travel.
As the tourism sector – tourism businesses, tourism operators, tourism workers – who obviously are feeling the pinch from the Australian International travel ban. In the recent press conference on 9th February 2021, Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hopes that International Foreign visitors will be allowed to enter Australia by this time next year.
Australia International Border To Open And Its Tourism Plan
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the Australian Government, through the Australian Border Police, has introduced stringent border controls for international flights. The reason for the Australian international ban is to protect the Australian population from the pandemic.
According to Tourism Minister Dan Tehan, foreign tourists spent $45 billion a year in Australia before Coronavirus, which makes tourism Australia’s fourth largest exporting industry which created 666,000 jobs or about five percent of the workforce. With this reason, the Tourism Minister stated that Australia expects to finally open up its border to International Tourists next year.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tehan said that the government is considering setting up travel bubbles with low risk countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and ‘potentially with Japan, if they can get the virus under control again.’ Additionally, if the Australian Government can get the vaccine rollout underway, it means that Australia will be in a very good position to get visitors back into the country and to help the economy and employment post COVID-19 recovery.
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What Does This Update Means?
With the Australian international travel ban being lifted it is good news for any of you who would like to visit Australia or to work in Australia. As Scott Morrison said the government is very frustrated that they are not able to get workers out in remote Australia. Largely because backpackers are not there in the same quantities they normally are. With this new update, it opens up your chance to visit or migrate to Australia. So pack your bag and prepare your Australian visa plan as soon as possible!
Will There Be Compulsory Vaccination For Travellers?
Australian National Vaccine Strategy indicated that Australian tourists should be required to show evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 or to partake in a hotel quarantine for two weeks.
There will likely be an exemption for New Zealand or other COVID-safe travel countries as well as passengers who have medical exemptions.
With this plan in place, the airline, together with the Australian Government, is currently working on the management of ‘COVID vaccination passport.
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