Australia extends international travel ban again for three months until June
According to the latest developments, Australia is officially extending its international travel ban for a further three months. As such, the country’s international borders will remain closed until mid-June.
The Australian government reportedly recently announced that it will extend the travel ban until June 17, 2021, while the initial ban was supposed to end on March 17. The first ban on traveling abroad was imposed on March 17, 2020, due to the COVID pandemic. , which expired in December, but was extended for three months, and was implemented again. This measure has been made out of fear that the rest of the world will continue to pose an unacceptable risk to public health at its borders.
Referring to this development, Health Minister Greg Hunt said that Australia’s Main Health Protection Committee has informed the Australian government that the COVID-19 situation abroad continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk to Australia, including the emergence of more highly transmissible variants, and that the initiative has been taken to mitigate this risk to the health and safety of all.
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The latest travel ban also means that most Australians will now have to stay or travel within the country until at least June, unless there are exemptions in certain cases. The ban also means that those planning to visit Australia will have to wait a bit longer, as flights can often be canceled or fares can be astronomically expensive, even with strict quarantine measures.
International arrivals to Australia will remain limited and will have mandatory pre-departure testing requirements.
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The ban means that most Australians will have to stay in the country until at least June, unless they are granted an exemption. International trade will also continue to be heavily regulated, Simple Flying reported. It also means that those hoping to enter Australia will have to wait a bit longer, as flights can be astronomically expensive and frequently canceled, even with quarantine measures in place. That number includes some 39,000 Australian citizens who are currently registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who wish to return home but remain stuck abroad due to regulations.
Amid these, there is also good news, as Hunt hinted that the new measure could likely be modified or updated at any time, should the country’s situation improve in the near future.