By Bipashwiee Nepal
According to the prime minister of Australia, at media release in 1st October 2021, Australia is now ready to reopen its border to the world, with some changes to be made by setting out some frameworks on how the process of travelling will take place.
With 78% people vaccinated with first dose and about 55% vaccinated with second dose, with expectation of reaching 70% of the citizens fully vaccinated in next few weeks, Australian government is finalizing its plans in bringing together its citizens, letting them travel and work in and out of the country and welcoming tourists back to their place.
As, many countries of the world have now safely reopened to international travel, Australia will also shortly take a step towards opening its border as large parts of the country will be moving to plan B and plan C of the national plan to safely reopen the border. For the fully vaccinated Australian citizens, the government is finalizing the new arrangement to travel as soon as possible with some policies of quarantine according to their residence while the Australian citizens who can’t be fully vaccinated will be treated as vaccinated for the purpose of travel. These changes mean there will be no travel restrictions if you are a vaccinated Australian entering or leaving the country.
States and territories will begin this program at different times given their varying vaccination rates but the government expects the system to commence in November. The government will also work towardsmaking completely quarantine-free travel for certain countries, such as New Zealand, when it is safe to do so.
To ensure that the large number of Australians return to their place, government is also offering facilitated flights into any state or territory that agrees to commence seven day home quarantine with people vaccinated with the four COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved and registered for use by the TGA – Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax) and COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen – the TGA has also been reviewing other vaccines in widespread use around the world for the purposes of determining ‘recognised vaccines’.