Australia has confirmed that it will eliminate a prohibition that has barred its citizens from traveling abroad without authorization beginning next week.
In order to keep COVID-19 out, Australians have been subjected to some of the world’s harshest border controls over the past 19 months.
People will no longer require an exemption to leave the country starting November 1 if they are completely vaccinated.
Only Australians are eligible, however, the Australian government has stated that some limits for foreigners would be lifted soon.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at reopening the border, saying it was “time to give Australians their life back.”
Australians and people across the world have reacted positively to the improvements. Many people have been separated from loved ones for extended periods of time.
Morrison has stated that Australia is “extremely near” to reaching an agreement with Singapore on a travel bubble.
On Tuesday, the Asian city-state announced that properly vaccinated Australians, permanent residents, and their families will be allowed to come without quarantine from November 8.
However, governments such as Queensland and Western Australia have threatened to restrict their borders until immunization rates reach even higher levels.
At the moment, people may only leave Australia, which has seen over 160,000 Covid infections and 1,653 fatalities, for extraordinary reasons like a crucial job or visiting a dying family member.
Entry is authorized for citizens and those with exemptions, although there are strict arrival limits. Tens of thousands of people have been stuck abroad as a result of this.
Australians under the age of 12 will be excluded from the new vaccine requirement for international travel.
All other unvaccinated travelers still require waivers and must quarantine in hotels for 14 days upon their return.
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