Australian Travel Ban Extended For 3 More Months
The Australian travel ban has been in place for a year now since March 2020 and now it is to be extended again for another 3 months. The acting Health Minister, Greg Hunt, cited the “unacceptable public health risk” posed by the rest of the world to the Australian borders during this pandemic as the reason for the continuation of emergency travel ban.
With the emergence of new variants of Covid-19 strains that are more transmissible and possibly deadlier, it is deemed in the public interest to extend the emergency period under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and prolong the Australian travel ban. Mr. Hunt did say that the restrictions were limited and that they could be revoked before the end of the 3 month period if it is deemed necessary. After the first initial 9 month travel ban a 3 month extension was put on in December of 2020.
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Plans for the Border to be Open by Next Year
Recently it was announced by the Tourism Minister Dan Tehan that they expect to finally end the Australian travel ban and open their borders by next year. Tourism is Australia’s fourth largest exporting industry and accounts for 5% of the workforce so it is essential the borders are able to be opened safely as quickly as possible.
International students are a major contributor to the national economy and they have been one of the groups most negatively affected by the border closure with many not being able to return to the country for their studies.
What Does This Extension Mean For You?
It means there will still be no entry and exit into the country during the duration of the Australian travel ban without the granting of a travel exemption. There are also very few circumstances including the GTI program that will allow certain skilled workers to enter the country.
Pre-departure and arrival testing will still be enforced along with wearing masks at all times on flights. Cruise ships as well will still be prohibited from entering the country although there is a plan in place to try establish a timeline for when this may be possible in the future.
There is hope for those of you that may wish to enter/exit on a visa then obtain an exemption as it was recently reported that between March and December 2020 there were 100,000 exemptions granted just for those attempting to exit the country. So, while no data was released regarding how many were granted for those wishing to enter, however it is not impossible to arrive during the Australian travel ban.
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