Australia : PM Scott Morrison in talks with the government to accelerate plans of international travel
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that he’s in talks with the New South Wales state government in a bid to “accelerate” a plan to open international travel. Earlier this month, Morrison announced that bans on international travel will be lifted in November, a month ahead of schedule. Lockdown measures are due to ease from Monday in Sydney.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that after Australians, the next priority would be skilled migrants and international students. Many Australian universities have been hit hard financially by the country’s strict border closures. Morrison had previously outlined plans to allow vaccinated citizens and permanent residents to fly overseas from November, a month ahead of schedule.
Australia on Friday declared Covishield, the Indian variant of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 shot, as a “recognised vaccine” for international travellers as part of measures aimed at safely reopening the country from November. Dan Tehan, Australia’s visiting trade and tourism Minister said that foreign students can return from the end of this year just ahead of the start of the first semester in February-March 2022.