Scott Morrison confirms travel ban will be lifted NEXT month as he reveals major changes to quarantine rules
- Australians can travel abroad once states are 80 percent double vaccinated
- Fully vaccinated travelers can quarantine at home for seven days
Australians will finally be able to travel abroad from next month, with fully vaccinated residents quarantined at home for seven days.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison Friday announced the changes that will apply to states and territories that have achieved 80 percent vaccination coverage with a double dose – with NSW on track to be the first to reach that milestone.
Morrison said quarantine-free travel could also be set up for certain countries, such as New Zealand.
It’s time to give Australians their lives back. We have saved lives. We have saved livelihoods but we need to work together to ensure Australians can regain the life they once had in this country,” said Mr Morrison.
Australians can finally travel abroad from next month with fully vaccinated residents allowed to quarantine at home for seven days, Scott Morrison announced Friday
Australians seeking an overseas holiday will be able to access an internationally recognized certificate of vaccination to prove their status in the coming weeks.
Unvaccinated Australians will still be required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine period in hotels or designated facilities on their return.
People who cannot be vaccinated, including those under the age of 12 or with a medical condition, will be treated as vaccinated before travel.
Australians have been banned from leaving the country since March 18, 2020 under strict biosecurity laws to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia is in talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK, US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands like Fiji for fully vaccinated individuals. Pictured: Big Ben in London
States and territories will start this program at different times given different vaccination rates.
Current projections say NSW will hit 80 percent vaccination coverage by October 16. Victoria will reach the border on November 23, Queensland on December 8 and Western Australia on December 15.
The reopening of the international border would mean residents of NSW and Victoria could fly to London or New York due to the closure of the state borders for Brisbane or Perth.
Australia remains in long-running talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK, US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands like Fiji for double-vaccinated individuals.
Morrison also announced that the TGA is reviewing two new vaccines, Sinovac and Covishield, which are expected to be approved.
“They will be especially important for those who come from countries where those vaccines are used. India is an obvious one, as are China and other countries in Southeast Asia,” Morrison said.
The government will also work with states and territories to remove travel restrictions on returning travelers.
More to come.