Australia announces that it will relax restrictions on foreigners entering its country and prioritise certain groups.
From 1 December, skilled migrants, international students and citizens of Japan and South Korea will all be allowed to enter.
Everyone must have a complete vaccination.
Australia implemented the tightest border controls in the world since March 2013 on both its own citizens and foreigners.
Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister, called Monday’s announcement an “important step forward”.
Eligible visa holders can return to Australia with no special permission under these relaxed rules.
According to the government, this will translate into an estimate of 200,000 travelers between December-January.
Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews declared that all visa holders are eligible, including students, skilled workers, refugees, humanitarians and temporary visa holders.
She added that they must submit a negative Covid testing within three days of arriving.
Japanese and South Korean citizens who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel without being quarantined.
After reaching the vaccination targets, the country began a gradual re-opening. Over 85% of Australians over 16 are fully vaccinated.
Australia’s dependency on foreign labor and international students is evident in the gripping of international travel by the pandemic.
The international education sector earned Australia an estimated A$40bn (£21bn; $29bn) in 2019, making it the country’s fourth-biggest export after iron ore, coal and gas.
Australia used to ban its citizens from leaving, even up until recently. This strategy was sometimes called “Fortress Australia”.
While the policy was widely praised because it helped to curb Covid, there have been some concerns about its ability to separate families.
This measure was relaxed in November, giving the long-awaited rights to all vaccinated people and their families.
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