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Covid-19: Australia eases restrictions on international travel; What does this mean for foreign travelers?

Countries are gradually moving towards opening up international travel in a calibrated manner.

Australia opens its international borders allowing its permanent residents and citizens to leave the country. The reopening of national borders, however, depends on the respective national authorities of the country.

Australian restrictions linked to Covid-19

Australia has imposed one of the country’s toughest restrictions during the covid-19 pandemic. As of March 2020, only a few citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to return to the country after suffering quotas and a 14-day quarantine period in a hotel at their own expense.

This has led to widespread mistrust among the country’s population as many have found themselves stranded outside their homes due to the restrictions. Australia is now relaxing standards, expanding its home quarantine system and expanding its list of approved vaccines such as Covishield from the Indian Serum Institute and Sinovac from China.

Can foreign travelers visit Australia now

So far nothing has been said about foreign travelers entering Australia, restrictions have only been relaxed for citizens and permanent residents from now on, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Until now, people were only allowed to leave Australia if they had compelling humanitarian or business reasons. Reuters sources say the Australian government is in talks for foreign visitors to enter the country, but a timeline for the same was still uncertain.

Other countries that allow travel from India

Countries are gradually moving towards opening up international travel in a calibrated manner. For Indians, this meant easing travel restrictions when visiting countries like Canada, Thailand and the United States.

The UK is starting talks to review India’s vaccination certificate after making changes and warning of reciprocal actions towards British travelers to India.

A number of other countries including Spain, Germany, Maldives, UAE and Turkey etc. allow Indian travelers.

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