Tourists will be able to enter Australia without quarantine by the end of the year – but they must be doubly vaccinated, Scott Morrison said.
Australia’s international border has been closed since March 2020 to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and the country was the only one among democratic countries to ban its own citizens from leaving.
This decision helped reduce the impact of Covid-19, which has only killed 1,669 people in Australia, compared to 140,000 in the United Kingdom and 739,000 in the United States.
Pictured: Tourists visit the Twelve Apostles, one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions
But with 74.1% of those over 16 now fully vaccinated, the Prime Minister has revealed when the borders will finally fall.
He told Parliament on Wednesday: “By the end of the year, Mr President, I fully anticipate that we will be able to see international visitors, including backpackers, Mr President, who are doubly vaccinated, can return to Australia. ‘
Farmers have called on backpackers to come back because they are required to do paid farm work to earn a second year in Australia.
“And I know this will be great news for the Minister of Agriculture in particular, and the many others across the country who rely on them,” said Mr. Morrison.
“The national plan, Mr. President, is working. Australia takes off on Monday, Mr. President. Australia has overtaken the UK in single dose vaccinations. We are making strong progress within the framework of the national plan.
Double-vaccinated tourists will be able to enter Australia without quarantine by the end of the year, said Scott Morrison (pictured)
The national reopening plan agreed to by all states and territories in August states that once 80% of those over 16 are vaccinated, there will be a “gradual opening of inbound and outbound travel with safe countries.”
Australia is expected to hit the 80% rate on November 3.
NSW and Victoria will remove the quarantine for international arrivals from November 1.
On that date, the federal government will remove the caps for Australians returning home and will also remove the ban on overseas travel.
The next step later in the year is to allow entry of fully vaccinated foreigners, including students, workers and tourists whose dates are yet to be determined.
Earlier this month, NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said his state would not discriminate on the basis of nationality.
But he signaled that the federal government would let people in from some countries before others because it would be faster to put in place systems to test the immunization status of arrivals from certain countries.
“There is no doubt that the Commonwealth will be able to do this with some countries faster than others,” he said.
NSW will not apply any quarantines to arrivals vaccinated starting November 1. Pictured: Sydney Airport in December
“They will also be able to do this in conjunction with many airlines faster than others, so there will be a gradual staging resulting from the ability for the Commonwealth to verify vaccination status, but we are not demarcating countries. .
“There is no dividing line between Australian citizens and other citizens of countries around the world.
“The focal point here is a delineation between vaccine status thus vaccinated and unvaccinated.
“We will demand from the Commonwealth to ensure that a person is fully immunized,” he said.
What are the four phases of opening?
A. Vaccinate, prepare and pilot (from July 14)
Arrival caps halved to 3,035 per week; early, strict and brief closures in the event of an epidemic; seven-day home quarantine trials for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; health insurance vaccination certificates available on apps like Apple wallet
B. Post-vaccination phase (when 70% of them are injected, expected at the end of the year)
Blockages are less likely but possible ”; those vaccinated face reduced restrictions; the ceilings for unvaccinated arrivals have been increased; a higher ceiling for vaccinated arrivals with “reduced quarantine requirements”; entry capped for students and economic visa holders
C. Consolidation phase (when 80 percent are stung, the time is not announced)
Lift all restrictions on outward travel by vaccinated travelers; no ceiling for vaccinated arrivals; increased ceilings for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles are forming with countries like Singapore; booster injections have been deployed
D. Final phase (percentage or time not announced)
Uncapped arrivals for people vaccinated without quarantine and uncapped arrivals for unvaccinated people with screening before departure and upon arrival