Australia has warned that the travel bans and border closures that were imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic will stay in place well into late 2021. There will be no international travels allowed until everyone is vaccinated. This has been proved to be a huge blow to the travel industry at large.
It may be worthwhile to remember here that Australia has been one of the powerful travel destinations for the world. Last year, it received as many as 9 million overseas travelers, and that should speak a lot about the loss the Australian travel industry may have to sustain. In addition to the ban on international travel, there is also a ban on the travel between and within a few states within Australia is currently banned.
The Australian Federal Budget made the announcement that the international travel ban will stay in place until the end of late next year or until the time vaccines are available – whichever is earlier. It may be worthwhile to remember here that Australia has invested in two of the vaccine trials and hopeful of the successful completion of the trials soon. The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gone on record that the country will secure around 85 million doses of the vaccines once the trials bear fruits.
The Prime Minister also stated that the borders may be opened for safe locations before the international borders are thrown open. He stated that,
The country has had over 27,174 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic stuck the nation. There have been around 895 deaths. The decision to keep the borders for international travel closed comes on the heels of the mistake that neighbouring New Zealand committed. The Kiwis declared themselves free from COVID-19 and then opened their borders thereby importing new cases from UK.