The Australian Government Postponed the International Border Reopening Until 15 December 2021
The international border reopening is now postponed until 15 December 2021 due to the new COVID-19 virus variant, Omicron, a recent concern worldwide. The Australian Government planned to reopen the border on 1 December 2021, but they have to postpone it for community safety.
Find the details below.
International Border Reopening Postpone until 15 December 2021
The Government decided to postpone the international border reopening for international students and other eligible visa holders due to the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron. The decision is based on the advice provided by Australia’s chief medical officer. The decision is believed to be necessary and temporary.
The temporary pause for international border reopening is needed so the Government can gather information to understand the new variant better. It includes the vaccine’s efficacy, the range of illness, including if it may generate more mild symptoms and the level of transmission.
These travellers are not exempted from travelling to Australia
In regards to the postponement of international border reopening, the Government also does not allow non-citizen or permanent residents of Australia or their immediate family members to travel to Australia if they had been in African countries within the past 14 days.
The African countries in the talk are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique.
However, if you are fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members, you can travel to Australia. It is also applicable for fully vaccinated travellers from the green lane zone, such as Singapore and New Zealand.
How will the postponement affect you?
You might have been excited about the previous announcement of international border reopening. However, you have to postpone your plan to travel to Australia if you hold one of the visas listed in the last announcement.
The postponement of international border reopening is for the community’s safety as the Government needs to understand the Omicron variant first. Hopefully, the Government will give an update soon after 15 December 2021.
What should you do until the reopening of the International Border?
The postponement of international border reopening might concern you. If your visa is about to expire, you may consider re-applying for a visa.
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