Australia will reopen its borders in November
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has announced a plan to open the borders from November, it has been brought forward since it was estimated for December.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has announced a plan to open the borders from November, it has been brought forward since it was estimated for December. In this way, allow the return of Australian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated. Foreigners will not be admitted immediately, but the Government officially says that it is working on it to welcome them in a short time.
The Australian authorities have established the goal of opening the borders once 80% of the population has been vaccinated with both doses, a goal that was expected for the month of December. However, due to the good performance of the vaccination program in the country, the authorities have advanced the plan to reopen the borders for the month of November. In figures, to date, Australia has vaccinated 28.95 million, that is, 80% of people with at least one dose.
Sectors of the economy view the measures with optimism, as is the case of business groups, airlines and of course the educational sector, which hopes to reactivate their qualifications and receive international students again.
For its part, the airline Qantas has announced the start of flights from Sydney to London and Sydney to Los Angeles from the month of November, with three frequencies a week.
The state of New South Wales announced that it will bring forward the opening of the borders once it reaches 80% of its immunized population in its territory, regardless of the performance of the vaccination program in other states or at the national level.
The states of South Australia and New South Wales are conducting week-long quarantine trials with vaccinated travelers in preparation for this reopening process.
Initially, Australian citizens and permanent residents who have completed their vaccination schedule will enter. Nearly 40,000 Australians have registered to return home on repatriation flights.
Citizens and permanent residents immunized with a vaccine accepted by the Australian Health Authority TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), will be able to travel with a negative Covid test before their flight and quarantine for one week in their residences. Of these, those who have not been vaccinated, or are vaccinated with a vaccine not accepted by the TGA, must complete a 15-day quarantine in a suitable hotel.
Only those residents or citizens, including children who are not vaccinated by medical recommendation, will be treated as vaccinated, solely for the purpose of their trip.
During the opening, fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to freely enter and leave the country.
TGA has recognized Pfizer, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria), Moderna, Janssen, Coronavac (Sinovac), and Covidshield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India).