Australia’s federal government has issued a warning to its citizens to “dust-up (their) passport” after the announcement that it will launch a trial of vaccination passports with a number of nations this week, the latest move in the country’s openness to the rest of the globe.
Australia Will Try Vaccination Passports In The Coming Days
Almost 18 months ago, Australia closed the border in an attempt to control the Covid-19 virus. However, with increasing vaccination rates, the government may be only a few months away from loosening prohibitions on foreign travel in the near future.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has said that after 80 percent of the country’s adult population has had both vaccinations, individuals would be permitted to travel abroad once again. On Sunday, Dan Tehan, Australia’s Minister for Trade and Tourism, said that the government would test vaccination passports with a number of key tourist destinations via Australia’s diplomatic missions abroad in preparation for the reopening of the airport.
Singapore, South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and also Australia’s neighboring Pacific islands were among the nations that were flagged. According to Tehan, the proof of vaccination records for outbound and incoming passengers will be in the form of a QR code that will be connected to genuine passports. On Sunday, the minister of transportation stated that when the international border reopens, “we want to make sure that we’re prepared for individuals who will be allowed to travel again,” adding that it is “very essential” that the necessary preparations be made.
According to Tehan, any incoming passengers who have been vaccinated abroad must have gotten injections that have been authorized by Australia’s TGA, which at this time only covers vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen Cilag. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has not authorized any vaccinations produced by Russia or China.
While Australia battles to contain an epidemic of the extremely infectious Delta variant of the virus, which has spread to major population centers such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra, the country’s international borders are being opened to allow more people to enter and exit the country more freely.
By the end of November, Australia is expected to have achieved its 80 percent double vaccination goal for the adult population. As of September 12, 42.3 percent of Australia’s population aged has received all of their recommended vaccinations. According to Morrison, he hopes that tourists arriving in Australia after borders have reopened would be allowed to quarantine at their residence rather than using the current hotel quarantine system.
It is possible, though, that a more serious issue will be a lack of available seats on foreign carriers. According to local media, Australia’s aviation sector has cautioned that airlines need more direction and preparation in order to be ready to re-establish flight paths with the nation when they return. On Sunday, Tehan said that the Australian government has been “collaborating with airlines” throughout the year. According to Australian airline Qantas, foreign flights will return next month, but the number of aircraft available on every international route will be reduced.