Australia will not allow visitors to enter until the end of the year.
Australia has extended its ban on international travel per crown for another three months. Health Secretary Greg Hunt announced Thursday night that the borders would remain closed to foreign visitors until at least Dec. 17. The government is responding to the advice of the AHPPC Health Protection Committee: The agency has determined that “the international and national situation of Covid19 continues to pose an unacceptable risk to public health,” he said in a statement. The extension of the travel ban is “an appropriate response to this risk.”
Following a cabinet meeting on Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that individual states could soon open at least their internal borders to Australia. The strict travel ban has come under increasing criticism because many Australians have not seen their family members live in other states or territories for almost half a year. The possibility of a “travel bubble” with New Zealand was also discussed with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern there, Morrison stressed.
Australians do not return either.
Australia’s borders have been closed since March due to the pandemic; people with permanent residence in Australia can only leave the country in exceptional cases. The opposition criticized the extension of the international travel ban and recalled 23,000 Australians stranded abroad. Currently, you can no longer travel to Australia due to a limited number of potential returnees per week.
So far, around 26,000 cases of infection have been confirmed in Australia, around 700 people have died about Covid19. The state of Victoria with the metropolis of Melbourne is particularly affected. In early July, a new blockade was imposed on the metropolis, which should last at least until mid-September.
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