Australia on track to reopen ‘by Christmas at the latest,’ says tourism minister

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(Granthshala) – On Wednesday, 22 September the country’s trade, tourism and investment minister said Australia is on track to allow borders to reopen by Christmas.

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“I sympathize with Australians who have been denied the opportunity to travel abroad this year but online because of coronavirus restrictions,” Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said during a talk hosted by Australia’s National Press Club. was broadcast.”

He added: “This is another reason why everyone should get vaccinated and we have to stick to the national plan that will open our international border – at this rate until Christmas at the latest.”


Earlier this week, Tehan said some actions will be needed to get the country on the road to reopening.

“It’s incredibly important that we are doing that preparatory work,” he said. One of those action items is going through an 80% national vaccination rate. As of 22 September, about 38% of Australians had received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

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The national vaccine rollout has become so important that Australia’s tourism board created a special home advertisement urging people to take advantage of it.

“We need to claim our way of life so that we can visit friends and relatives, get back to work, bring our kids back to school, travel domestically and internationally again, and enjoy Australia. Welcome the world to take the offer,” said Philip Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia (the country’s official national tourism board), in a press statement when the campaign began.

International visitors to Australia must verify that they have been fully vaccinated before entering the country.

Australia’s plan Test the “Vaccine Passport” Along with other countries: Singapore, Japan and the United States are reportedly on the list.

Tehan is also coordinating with the aviation industry.

Australia closed its borders to non-residents in March 2020 and employed a mandatory quarantine system that severely limited the number of people who could return to the country each week.

In July, Australian public broadcaster ABC reported that 38,000 Australians were in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. waiting list for repatriation. The Australian government also implemented rules largely preventing residents from leaving the country.

The state of New South Wales (home to Australia’s most populous city, Sydney) and South Australia are conducting pilot programs to allow vaccinated travelers to quarantine at home.

The population of Australia is about 25 million. Of that number, there have been 90,369 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,186 deaths.

Top image: Long queues of people outside a vaccination center in Melbourne on August 27, 2021. credit: William West/AFP/Getty Images


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