Australia Closed For Travel In 2021 – Travel Restrictions Expected to Continue This Year
International travel for Australians unlikely in 2021
Essential Travel Only Only New Zealanders Permitted to Travel to Australia
Vaccines May Not Provide an Easing of Travel Restrictions Australia Unlikely to Open Even With Vaccine Rollout
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0:00 – Australia Closed for Travel in 2021: Australia Travel Restrictions Update
01:12 – International Travel for Australians Unlikely
Australians are unlikely to travel internationally this year, even if a large number of the population is vaccinated, Health Department Secretary Brendan Murphy has said.
The International border could also remain closed for the rest of the year.
02:02 – Australian International Borders
Australia has some of the strictest border measures in the world.
The country has closed its borders to international arrivals, in a bid to curb the importation of coronavirus cases.
Only Australian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter under current restrictions.
At present, Australian citizens and permanent residents are not permitted to leave the country unless they apply for an exemption and must meet at least one of the following:
* travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid
* travel is for your business/employer
* you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
* you are travelling outside Australia for three months or longer
* you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
* travel is in the national interest.
Arrivals in Australia, except for passengers from New Zealand, are required to complete 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel.
The cost of quarantining in Australia depends on the state or territory.
You may be responsible for paying all or part of the costs associated with your isolation.
03:22 – Travel Semi-Bubble with New Zealand
Currently the only country that can enter Australia for non-essential travel is New Zealand.
The one way travel bubble allows New Zealanders to vacation in Australia without quarantine but does not permit Australians to visit New Zealand.
04:02 – Vaccination Passports
While many countries are planning to implement “vaccination passports” to facilitate the movement faster, the Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization Committee (WHO) has stressed that the impact of vaccines on reducing transmission is not yet known and current vaccine availability is too limited, urging countries to refrain from imposing such requirements.
WHO called on the governments not to introduce vaccination or immunity requirements as a condition of entry for international travel, as according to the organisation, there are still some uncertainties regarding the effectiveness of vaccination.
However, the President of the European Union Commission Ursula von der Leyen has recently supported the idea to establish such a document
which could be used by the EU Member States as a joint certificate to identify all persons who have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus pandemic and make their life easier.
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