Fully vaccinated Australian visa holders will be able to enter the country from 1 December after a two-year border closure.Prime Minister Scott Morrison Presentation..
Morrison said a fully vaccinated and qualified visa holder would be able to travel to Australia without having to apply for a travel exemption. This includes humanitarian, student, financial, temporary and interim family visa types.
“The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major milestone on our way back. This is a major milestone in what Australians have achieved and enabled us to do.” He told the media on Monday.
“It will have great implications for our economy, which needs those workers and wants to see those students come back.”
It is estimated that more than 233,000 Australian visa holders will be able to enter the country when the border opens next month.
Treasury Minister Josh Frydenberg said the government wants to “sooner or later” bring back skilled migrants and international students.
“We know that international students are worth about $ 40 billion to our economy, there is a labor shortage, and skilled workers can play an important role,” he said. Told Sky News.
Following the unquarantine-free travel bubble with Singapore that began on Sunday, citizens from Japan and South Korea will also be allowed to enter Australia from December 1.
It has not yet been determined when more than one million tourist visas will be allowed to travel to Australia.
The Prime Minister said the decision was made, partly because of Australia’s high immunization rates.
“These are extraordinary achievements by Australians,” he said. “Australian people can look forward to the Christmas and holiday seasons in ways that most people in the world can’t.”
Currently, more than 85% of eligible populations over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated and 91.5% are first vaccinated.
Frydenberg said the booster program will be important in the coming months.
“We want to look forward to it, not look back. Looking back, we see a blockade,” he told Seven Network on Monday.
“We were able to secure that vaccine, so we need to encourage people to get booster shots when they qualify, but I think we can live safely with the virus.”