Australia opens borders, resumes international flights from November

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on October 1 announced that the country is accelerating at full speed for the reopening of the border and the lifting of the entry and exit ban from November.

People exercise at the Harbor Bridge area in Sydney, Australia on September 13. Photo: AFP
People exercise at the Harbor Bridge area in Sydney, Australia on September 13. Photo: AFP

Bloomberg reported that the landmark decision will allow states with a COVID-19 vaccination rate of 80% or higher to welcome international travelers who are immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, while Australians will be able to travel abroad without restrictions on destinations. In September, Tourism Minister Dan Tehan announced that the reopening policy would be implemented as early as December.

The current restriction on the number of passengers allowed to enter Australia will also be removed. Overseas Australians who have been vaccinated will only need to self-isolate for seven days upon repatriation. The country's TGA drug regulator also recommended that the government recognize Chinese-made vaccines.

Speaking at a press conference in Canberra on the same day, Prime Minister Morrison said the government would soon facilitate commercial flights to bring Australians overseas to states and territories that are conducting trials. home isolation model.

The commitment to ease the blockade measure of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government is signaling the country's shift towards a "No COVID" approach to fighting the epidemic. The states of New South Wales and Victoria have set out a roadmap to reopen based on meeting their vaccination goals, while states like Western Australia still choose to close their borders to prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Intrusion.

Prime Minister Morrison wants all domestic travel restrictions to be lifted by Christmas.

On September 27, Australian officials said that by mid-October, when Sydney reached a full vaccination rate against COVID-19, it would no longer have to enforce a blockade order. Currently, authorities are drafting a detailed roadmap to lift restrictions in the context of a decrease in the number of cases in this city.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the stay-at-home rule is expected to be lifted in Sydney and surrounding areas in the state, when vaccination rates reach two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. reach 70%.

Most likely this goal can be achieved on October 11th. Accordingly, pubs, restaurants and shops will be allowed to reopen to welcome customers who have received the full dose of the vaccine. In addition, friends and family members living in Australia's largest city will be able to reunite for the first time in more than three months.

On the same day, Australian authorities announced that they would lift the stay-at-home rule for residents of the capital Canberra on October 15. Bars, beauty and fitness facilities, and many other businesses will be reopened.

About 400,000 people in the Australian capital have been ordered to stay at home since mid-August as authorities struggled to contain a small but persistent outbreak.

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