Australia’s tourism minister said that the federal government plans to reopen its international borders by Christmas “at the latest”.
Under the national reopening plan, Australians will be allowed to travel overseas again once 80 per cent of the eligible population aged 16 and over have been fully vaccinated.
Local media reported Tehan as having said at a National Press Club of Australia event on Wednesday (September 22) that Australians will be able to “freely travel outside Australia”, with no restrictions on the destination, once that vaccination target in their respective home state is reached. They will also not need to go through hotel quarantine upon their return.
Australia’s border has been closed to all non-citizens and non-residents since March last year.
Tehan also said the government is still in talks with several countries to set up travel bubbles to reduce quarantine time.