Australia reopens international borders for the first time.
In November, a vaccination quota of more than 80 per cent will be reached in most regions of the country in Australia. This will have long-awaited consequences.
Australia will reopen its international borders in November for the first time since the start of the corona pandemic. Fully vaccinated people and residents can travel abroad again.
After their return, they must be quarantined at home for seven days instead of the 14 days previously isolated in an expensive facility. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday. The reason for the long-awaited easing is that in most regions of the country, a vaccination coverage rate of more than 80 per cent is achieved. The above quarantine rules apply to unvaccinated people.
People have made “great sacrifices.”
“It is time to bring Australians back to life,” said the conservative politician. People made “great sacrifices”, but they also protected many lives. A year and a half ago, the authorities completely closed the country’s borders and largely isolated Australia from the rest of the world. They followed a “zero covid strategy” that worked well until the delta variant became widely available. For a long time, citizens enjoyed many liberties that seemed unthinkable in other countries.
The downside: Many Australians have been unable to travel home and visit family and friends since the pandemic began because flight and quarantine costs were extremely high, and permits were difficult to come by. By contrast, Australia’s roughly 25 million people were largely trapped in the country with no possibility of staying abroad.
The Canberra government is also working on the possibility of quarantine-free travel corridors with different countries, he said. Such regulation already existed in April with neighbouring New Zealand. The so-called “Trans-Tasman bubble” stopped again in July after Australia reported an increase in the number of cases. It is not yet clear when tourists from around the world will be able to travel to the fifth continent again.
Australia has had around 105,000 cases so far. Around 1,200 people have died about Covid19.