Australia is to reopen its international border from November 2021, allowing vaccinated citizens to travel again.
Since March 2020, Australia has had some of the strictest border controls in the world, even banning its citizens from leaving the country. While it has helped to suppress covid, it has also separated many families.
Australia has recorded 1,300 deaths throughout the pandemic, with more than 107,000 cases of infection recorded.
In an interview, their Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “It’s time to give Australians their lives back,”
The lift in restrictions is only on the promise that their state’s vaccination rates hit 80%, Mr. Morrison said.
Tourists are not immediately welcome, but the government is working “towards welcoming tourists back to our shores.”
At the present, entry is permitted for citizens and others with exemptions, but there are tight caps which has left tens of thousands of Australians stranded in other countries.
With the borders open from November it also removed the mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine, which costs each traveler £1,600. This will be replaced with seven days of home quarantine for vaccinated Australians. Unvaccinated travelers must still quarantine in a hotel.