Australia to lift its 18-months long overseas travel ban from November 2021. The country had imposed one of the strictest lockdowns amid rising COVID-19 cases. However, now that almost 80 percent of the country’s eligible population is vaccinated; against the deadly Coronavirus; the government is planning to ease a few restrictions.
Australia to Open International Flights Soon
In his recent interview, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated; that Australia might open its border for international travelers. Moreover, the country will soon reopen its international flights from overseas countries; after remaining shut for approximately eighteen months.
Amid rising Coronavirus cases; the country had implemented one of the toughest lockdowns with the strictest measures. Now that the country’s 80 percent of the population above 16 is vaccinated against COVID-19, the government is planning to ease a few restrictions. However, there is no official announcement regarding the dates. Besides that, the Prime Minister only mentioned that he planning to ease the restrictions very soon.
Extremely Harsh Travel Restrictions
As mentioned above, Australia had one of the toughest lockdowns in the world; with some very strict restrictions. Some Australians had to argue for rare exclusions from travel limitations. A lot of them were not able to able to meet their loved ones; failed to reach their death beds, missed funerals, weddings, and other auspicious occasions due to the restrictions. However, the restrictions that were imposed in March 2020 might come to an end now. Only government employees and essential workers were allowed to travel during the pandemic period. Moreover, tourism was never accepted as a reason to cross the boundaries of the country.
What did the Prime Minister Say?
In his statement, the Prime Minister of Australia; expressed his happiness on the milestone that they have achieved. The country has vaccinated 80 percent of its population; above 16 against the deadly Coronavirus. He said that they as a community; have saved several lives and livelihoods. But this is not it. Australians will have to work really hard; to reclaim the lives they once used to live in the country. Henceforth, they will have to follow all the protocols; guidelines and take all necessary precautions.
Australia Working Towards Quarantine-Free Travel
New South Wales is expected to become the first state; to cross the 80 percent vaccination benchmark. However, if the new travel guidelines come into effect; Sydney will become the first airport; to resume international flights in Australia.
Sydney-based Qantas Airways has announced; that they will resume flights to London and Los Angeles from November 14. Moreover, the Australian Prime Minister has also said; that they will work towards quarantine-free travel for their citizens.