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