Australia will reopen its international borders in November, for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“It’s time to bring Australians back to life,” Morrison said in Canberra. Very soon we will be able to reopen international borders.” The fully vaccinated population will be able to travel without restrictions to and from countries with at least 80% vaccination coverage. “It will start from next month.”
Fully vaccinated Australians will then undergo a seven-day quarantine period, which can be served at home. Those who have not been vaccinated will have to quarantine in a hotel for fourteen days.
“Once the changes are implemented in November, the government plans to lift the current overseas travel restrictions related to Covid-19, and Australians will be able to travel in accordance with all other travel advice and restrictions, as long as they are fully vaccinated and those countries’ border institutions allow,” a government statement said.
Canberra also wants to provide the option to travel to some countries, such as New Zealand, without quarantine rules.
Australia imposed severe travel restrictions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, in March 2020. The Australian government expects to relax the rules in November, when the 80 per cent vaccination rate will be reached. Currently, only 54 percent of children over 16 have been fully vaccinated, but 78 percent have already received the first vaccine.
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