- To slow the spread of COVID-19, Australia will close its international border in May 2020 and allow only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents to enter.
- The majority of different infections have been reported in Victoria, which has 1,029 cases as of Monday.
Australia will allow foreign visa holders to enter the country beginning in early December. On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the latest step in its efforts to restart international travel and support its economy.
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Australia will close its international border in May 2020 and allow only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents to enter.
The rules have recently been reposed to allow foreign family members of citizens to enter, and Morrison has stated that this will be expanded beginning December 1 to enable vaccinated students, business visa holders, and refugees to enter.
“The return of skilled workers also students to Australia is a significant milestone in our path back,” Morrison said to reporters in Canberra. From December 1, Australia will also allow vaccinated tourists from South Korea and Japan, he said.
The international students return worth approximately A$35 billion ($25 billion) to the Australian economy each year will significantly boost the education sector. According to government data, more than 235,000 foreigners, including approximately 160,000 students, held visas to Australia at the end of October.
Many Australian universities rely on international students, who account for about 21% of total enrolment, and the border closure forced higher education institutions to lay off hundreds of employees.
“This will provide critical relief for firms trying to recruit staff just to keep their doors open, as well as those who require highly specialized talents to unlock large projects,” said Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council.
With around 200,000 cases also 1,948 deaths, Australia’s coronavirus numbers were significantly lower than other comparable countries, thanks to border rules, quick lockdowns, and strict social distancing rules. The state of New South Wales, which links Sydney, reported 180 cases. Other states and territories have no or few cases of COVID.
Source: NDTV News
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