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September 9, 2020 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Unfurling as a major health and financial crisis, COVID-19 crisis initially brought the thriving Australian travel industry to a grinding halt. At the time when the industry is putting its best foot forward to recoup to the pre-pandemic stage, some updates deserve a closer attention in charting out the travel players’ future course of action.

With Australia struggling with the second wave of COVID-19 infections in Victoria, the regulations around travel curbs and border reopening or closures are constantly changing. Amid this changing landscape, Aussies are closely eyeing developments around the resumption of international travel and opening of state borders.

That being said, let us quickly glance through three such developments, which drew considerable attention lately:

Overseas Travel Ban Extended Until Mid-December

To safeguard the nation against the spread of COVID-19 infections, Australia has recently extended its overseas border restrictions for at least another three months. The nation has decided to keep its international border curbs in place until at least 17th December 2020.

The decision came as the expert medical panel, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advised the federal government to keep border restrictions in place. AHPPC has recommended that the existing domestic and international coronavirus situation continues to pose an unprecedented public health risk. The medical panel sees the extension of overseas border closures as an appropriate response to this unparalleled risk.

Under the prevailing regulations, dual nationals, special workers and those residing overseas can seek overseas travel exemption. Besides, Australians can request permission to leave the nation only if they meet at least one of the criteria stated in the figure below:

Idea of Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Floating Again

In a recent media conference, Mr Scott Morrison has hinted at the operation of trans-Tasman flights between coronavirus-free areas of New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Morrison informed that the government intends to apply the hotspot approach with New Zealand and the same has been discussed with Kiwi Land’s PM, Jacinda Ardern. The Australian government aims to support Aussies who have struck overseas amid coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.

Initially, the trans-Tasman travel bubble was planned to be executed in September, which was later put on the backburner with the emergence of fresh COVID-19 cases in Victoria. The government’s recent statement has again revived hopes of a quarantine-free overseas travel between Australia and Kiwi Land.

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With the resumption of international travel, the Australian government plans to boost the tourism industry and revive the nation’s economy, which has slipped into recession for the first time in 30 years.

Plans to Reopen Australia by Christmas

The federal government has recently set up a roadmap for recovery from COVID-19-induced economic crisis, which incorporates a new plan to reopen the state borders by Christmas.

State and territory leaders of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory have agreed in principle to develop a plan for borders reopening by Christmas. Notably, Western Australia, which is not in the list, has declined to open its stringent border restrictions anytime soon.

The plan includes the use of the hotspot concept for initiating travel between jurisdictions. For the proposed plan to work, states and territories will need to nod on a common definition of “hotspot”.

The government informed that the Commonwealth would coordinate with t

hese seven states and territories to refine the COVID-19 hotspots definition. This definition will also be used as the basis for any future COVIDSafe travel arrangements, with New Zealand and other states and territories.

With the Australian economy slipping into its historic recession, the government perceives border reopening within states and other nations as a vital part of economic recovery plan. Unlocking domestic and international travel seems necessary to revitalise the tourism industry and economy. While, fears loom over further transmission of the COVID-19 cases, with infection surge in Victoria threatening nation’s health system.

Source: Kalkine Media


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