If anyone is planning a vacation to Australia for this year, disappointment is on the way. The government has announced that the borders are unlikely to reopen for international travel until 2022.
The creation of a travel bubble with New Zealand gave hope of a possible reopening within the year. But Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the country “will not see its borders wide open until next year too easily”. This is due to uncertainty about vaccination and fear of variables.
“If we reopen borders, Covid could lead to loss of life, economic damage and job loss across Australia,” he said. The block concerns both those who wish to set foot in Oceania, as well as those who wish to leave the continent for a vacation elsewhere.
There is still a very strict adherence to a 14-day quarantine at facilities designated by local authorities for a limited number of people who have been granted a travel visa, and who are authorized on a case-by-case basis. Isolation is also mandatory in the case of vaccination and vaccination and is closely monitored by the authorities daily without exception.
Australian airline Qantas announced in February that it intends to resume international flights to and from Australia from the end of October. However, after the minister’s announcement, all those who had already bought tickets were offered a refund, change of dates or travel vouchers.
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