The Australian government has announced that from November citizens will be allowed to leave the country again for purposes of international travel after holding them hostage for 18 months.
The prime minister provided details in an elaborate presentation this morning, making promises to Australians to “get their freedoms back” ahead of the federal election next months (I’m sure there is absolutely no connection).
No matter what the motivation might be, Australians will finally be able to get out and travel providing their destination country is open to accept them as visitors, yet upon return they still have to do a quarantine which can be served at home (fully vaccinated travelers only).
Reuters reported details about the new regulations just now.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced an 18-month ban on Australians travelling abroad will be lifted from next month, easing one of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions imposed globally.
Reopening the international border for citizens and permanent residents will be linked to the establishment of home quarantine in Australia’s eight states and territories, Morrison said, meaning that some parts of the country will reopen sooner than others.
The first phase of the plan will focus on citizens and permanent residents being allowed to leave Australia, with further changes expected to permit foreign travellers to enter the country.
“It’s time to give Australians their lives back. We’ve saved lives,” Morrison said during a televised media conference. “We’ve saved livelihoods, but we must work together to ensure that Australians can reclaim the lives that they once had in this country.”
Of course an apology wasn’t to be expected, rather than that it’s just more of the “we’ve done everything right by locking everyone in for the better part of two years” all while there are still massive restrictions in the country itself.
Under the plan announced on Friday, Australians who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel abroad and complete a 7-day quarantine at home on their return. People who are not vaccinated will be required to undertake 14 days of quarantine at a hotel when they return.
Morrison said his government was working towards quarantine free travel with countries such as New Zealand when “safe to do so”.
An Australian government source said plans were being discussed to allow foreign visitors to enter the country, but it was not possible to yet state a timetable. …
Australia will also expand its list of authorised COVID-19 vaccines, allowing thousands of citizens and permanent residents still abroad to return via the home quarantine system, Morrison said.
Australia currently only recognises vaccines produced by Pfizer (PFE.N), Moderna (MRNA.O) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L). The source said China’s Sinovac and Covishield, a version of AstraZeneca’s vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, would be added to the list.
If you’re looking at visiting Australia as a foreigner good luck with that, I’m not seeing that to be on the horizon anytime soon. Same like the travel bubble with New Zealand which was put into place and burst several times.
It’s incredible that despite Australia had such extreme measures in place the country is in no better position than most other nations around the world who never placed any of these outrageous movement restrictions on their citizens. It’s up to Australians when they go to elect their next government to decide if this was really in their best interest.
There are still restrictions and lockdowns going on in several parts of Australia that include strict limits on how far people can travel from their homes. Are they even allowed to go to the airport?
Australia will finally set it’s citizens free from November onward (at least until they change their mind again) which is a very positive thing for people living in that country, some of which haven’t seen their family abroad for almost two years.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 30% of Australian citizens were actually born abroad and therefore have strong (if not most of their) family ties in another country. Based on this and general curb of freedoms I always thought this decision to seal the borders was totally inhumane and outrageous.