The Federal Government's plan to reopen the nation is about to step into another phase. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced plans to allow more travellers and overseas visa-holders back into the country after an almost two-year hiatus.
For two years, they've been locked out, stranded and unsure of if and when they would be allowed back in but now the Prime Minister has finally set a date for certain visa holders to enter Australia.
Instead, Scott Morrison says, they will need to be fully vaccinated and have a negative P-C-R COVID test result before they come in.
- Currently around 200,000 people who fall into these visa categories waiting to come into Australia over the next financial year.
- Vaccinated travellers from Japan and Korea will also be allowed into the country from December the 1st, in addition to the travellers now able to come from Singapore.
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the move to reopen will be an important step towards strengthening Australia's post-pandemic economy.
"From the 1st of December, 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa-holders will be able to come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Eligible visa holders including skilled and student cohorts as well as humanitarian, temporary working holidaymakers and provisional family visa holidays."