Despite the large quantity of COVID-19 vaccination released to Australians, senior politicians are suggesting that the borders may stay closed until 2022.
This is coming after New Zealand pauses travel bubble flights from Sydney for 48 hours amid two community transmission cases of COVID-19 in Sydney.
“We recognise that if Australians want to be kept safe and secure,” Australian Finance Minister Simon said.
“Given uncertainties that exist not just in the speed of the vaccine rollout but also the extent of its effectiveness to different variants of COVID, the duration of its longevity and effectiveness, these are all considerations that mean we won’t be seeing borders flung open at the start of next year with great ease.”
This is despite Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously stating he favoured vaccinated Australians being allowed to travel internationally and skip the otherwise mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine on return.
“This is what I’ve tasked the medical experts with, is ensuring that we can know when an Australian is vaccinated here with their two doses, is able to travel overseas and return without having to go through hotel quarantine,” said Mr Morrison in April.
“If people have had properly recognised the vaccine, if they are living in London or the United States or anywhere else in the world and they want to come back home and see family or see their grandparents, bring their newborn grandchild back home, then we want to facilitate that as quickly as possible,” said Australia’s Defense Minister Peter Dutton, supporting the Prime Minister’s view.