This is when the government thinks quarantine-free overseas travel will happen
With the vaccine rollout to begin shortly, Aussies are desperate to know when we can travel abroad again, and the government has finally given us an estimated timeframe.
We’re all itching to get out and see the world again, and while the coronavirus vaccine begins to be rolled out around the world, international travel is still a ways off.
But at least the government has given us a goal to work towards: it’ll be about 12 months before we can begin welcoming visitors without the need for mandatory hotel quarantine.
Speaking with Sunrise, Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said “I think everyone’s forecast is that, everything going well, we would hope to be welcoming international tourists back this time next year.”
Mr Tehan also said the government was keeping an eye on potential “bubbles” that would allow Australia and certain, COVID-safe countries to open their borders up to each other for tourism.
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It comes as the government confirmed the digital certificate of vaccination, i.e. a COVID passport, everyone will receive after getting the coronavirus jab and it will allow them to move more freely.
It may also be required of travellers before boarding planes to and from Australia, as QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce has said.
The COVID passport will be accessible from the Express Plus Medicare app, through myGov, and will also be issued in hard copy upon request.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make this passport a game-changer so we can get international tourists back,” Minister Tehan said.
The government projects and hopes that most Australians will be vaccinated by late October.