No travel to Australia until end of next year at the earliest

Holidays to Australia could be off the table until the end of 2021, when the country expects its population to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

Since March 17, only citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to enter the country, with a few exceptions, and arrivals are expected to pay for a two week quarantine at a hotel themselves.

Discussions have been made over a possible travel bubble with New Zealand but no firm decisions on opening up Australia’s borders have been made.

Australian Federal Budget papers say international travel will ‘remain low’ until 2021, implying citizens could be allowed to go on essential journeys but not holidays abroad.

Social distancing measures are expected to remain in place until the end of the year, or whenever a vaccine is developed and widely distributed.

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Restrictions on travelling between Australia’s states still remain, although the federal government expects internal borders to be re-opened by Christmas this year.

The only exemption to this is Western Australia, which could stay shut until after its state election on March 31 2021.


Overseas travel in the country is currently banned until December 17, and that may be extended if its coronavirus outbreak hasn’t improved, MailOnline reports.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said the country would start off by reopening its borders to ‘safe locations’.

New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and some Pacific islands including Fiji are likely to be the first, but there is no sign of when people from the UK and other European countries can visit again.

Morrison said last week that Australia is considering a ‘traffic light system’ that would allow people coming from countries deemed ‘Covid-safe’ to bypass quarantining in a hotel.

He told reporters: ‘I think home quarantine can play a role in the future and it’s something that is being considered by the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee).


‘We will need a more flexible approach that gives us more options for managing this, so that is something that is under active consideration.’

Under plans forged by Australia’s tourism restart task force, Kiwis would be able to visit with no restrictions from November.

Aussies would be able to visit New Zealand by January or February, according to a plan obtained by The Australian newspaper.

Australia has had 27,174 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 895 deaths.

In early June, New Zealand eliminated coronavirus from its shores and lifted all of its restrictions.

Only a week later two new cases were imported from the UK and the country faced a modest rise of infections once again.

An outbreak during August in Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city, saw 179 cases and triggered a reintroduction of emergency measures, which are expected to be lifted tomorrow.

New Zealand has had a total of 1,858 cases and 25 deaths, with Prime Miinister Jacinda Ardern receiving praise for acting quickly and closing the country’s borders early.

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