The Prime Minister announced on October 5 that international visitors will not be allowed back to Australia until next year, with skilled migrants and students receiving higher priority. On October 5, Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted that Australia would meet the vaccination threshold, at which point the country may begin to open up, with 80 percent of the population aged 16 and older receiving a second dose.He announced last week that beginning in November, vaccinated citizens and permanent residents will be able to fly overseas for the first time since a very strict travel ban went into force in March of last year.
Mr. Morrison, however, stated on October 5 that after Australians, skilled migrants and overseas students will be the second priority, followed by tourists.Because of pandemic restrictions, Australian immigration is at its lowest level since World War II. The pandemic has also wreaked havoc on Australian universities, which rely largely on overseas student fees. Students may enrol in other countries if Australia does not open its borders to them quickly, according to the education sector.
“The next priorities are skilled migrants that are very important for the country and who are double vaccinated, as well as students who are coming and returning to Australia for their studies,” Mr. Morrison told Seven Network television. “We will get international visitors as well, I believe next year,” Mr. Morrison added.
The Australian Tourism Export Council, which represented a $33 billion-a-year industry before the outbreak, is hoping for overseas visitors to return by March.
As an outbreak of the more dangerous delta form, which began in Sydney in June, continues to spread, Australia is hurrying to inoculate its population.
On October 5, Victoria State reported a national high of 1,763 new local infections. Four COVID-19 deaths were also reported in Australia’s second-most populous state. New South Wales set the previous national record of 1,599 illnesses in 24 hours when their epidemic peaked on September 10.In mid-September, hospitalizations in Australia’s most populated state reached an all-time high. New South Wales has the highest vaccination percentage among the states, and Sydney’s airport will be the first to reopen to vaccinated tourists.
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