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Australia To End Travel Ban In November


Bringing an end to its 18-month old travel ban, Australian government has announced that its Vaccinated citizens and permanent residents will be able to travel abroad from November 2021.

On October 1, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that home quarantine systems need to be set up in the eight states and territories of the country. This will allow isolation at home possible for vaccinated residents who are returning home, instead of going for hotel quarantine. The timeline to establish this may vary amongst states, thus allowing some parts of the country to reopen earlier than the others.

Hotel quarantine for 14 days, however, is mandatory for those who are not vaccinated.

The Australian states need to reach their target of 80 percent vaccinations before they can reopen. Reports say that New South Wales has reached 64 percent full vaccinations for people above 16 years, which will possibly reach 80 percent by October end. 

The exact time when the states will reopen will also depend on local political approval.

Australia will also consider allowing foreign tourists in the country when it is safe to do so, along with travel without quarantine with certain countries like New Zealand.

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