Australia has been one of the strictest countries when it came to travel during a pandemic. In March 2020, Australia had introduced some of the toughest travel restrictions on people entering and leaving the island nation. Many Australian residents have been stranded in other countries around the world for months until the Australian government arranged for repatriation flights to take them back home. Hundreds of Indians failed to meet relatives and missed weddings as well as funerals. However now there are a few exceptions for government employees and essential workers, and the Australian government is planning to reopen its borders for international travel. Now, as per the latest update, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that Australia will reopen borders to vaccinated foreign visa holders from December 1.
India will now have an air bubble agreement with Australia allowing eligible passengers to travel between the two countries. The bilateral air bubble arrangement will help flights resume flights between two nations. According to the latest announcement by DGCA, scheduled international flights stay suspended till31 January 2022.
When Can Indians Travel To Australia?
According to Reuters, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major milestone in our pathway back … Australia will also allow in vaccinated tourists from South Korea and Japan from Dec 1.” After a travel ban of 18 months, Australia has decided to reopen its international border and lift the travel ban from next November. However, there they have not shared any specific guidelines for Indian travellers. Did You Know Stranded Australians Were To Face 5 Years Jail & Fines For Returning From Covid-Hit India?
The Australian Government is finalising plans to safely reopen #Australia’s international border next month. Details to follow over the next few weeks.
— Smartraveller (@Smartraveller) October 1, 2021
Is Covishield Approved By Australia?
There is some ray of hope for Indians wishing to travel to Australia as the nation’s top medical regulator has approved the Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. This step will help thousands of Indian students and workers return to the country. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s office said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised that Covishield should be considered as ‘recognised vaccines’ for determining vaccinated incoming international travellers.
This daily infographic provides the total number of vaccine doses administered in Australia 🇦🇺 as of 4 October 2021 📅
— Australian Government Department of Health (@healthgovau) October 5, 2021
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