Trapped Down Under: Scott Morrison Says Australians Are Not Allowed To Go Overseas For The "Foreseeable Time" – Refusing To Set A Date For Travel Bubbles With "Safe" Countries
- Since March 17th of this year, Austrians have been banned from leaving the country
- The ban applies until December 17th and can be extended beyond this date
- Scott Morrison has said there will be restrictions "for the foreseeable future".
- Mr Morrison said he was working on travel bubbles with Japan and South Korea
Scott Morrison said Australians will not be allowed overseas "for the foreseeable future" and refused to set a date for the travel bubbles to go live.
Aussies have been banned from leaving the country since March 17th unless they stay longer than three months or have an exemption.
The ban due to the coronavirus pandemic applies until December 17th and can be extended.
Scott Morrison said Australians will not be allowed to go overseas for the foreseeable future and declined to set a date when the travel bubbles will be operational
Mr Morrison (pictured on Wednesday) said: "For the foreseeable future, restrictions will continue to exist on Australians leaving the country."
In an interview with Cairns Radio 4CA on Thursday, the Prime Minister said: "For the foreseeable future, restrictions will continue on Australians leaving the country."
He said it means there are "great opportunities" for domestic tourism businesses – while state borders are open – because Aussies have to vacation at home.
Most of the other liberal democratic countries like Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand discourage international travel but do not prevent citizens from going overseas.
Mr Morrison is working on travel bubbles to allow Aussies to vacation in certain low risk countries without quarantining themselves on their return.
He said he was in the "early stages" of talks with Japan and South Korea but refused to say when the agreements could be reached.
"I can't give you an honest answer because I don't want to raise expectations," he said.
What are the reasons for leaving Australia?
Your journey is part of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, including providing relief
Your trip is essential to your company / employer
You are traveling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia
You are traveling outside Australia for three months or more
You are traveling for compassionate or humanitarian reasons
Your trip is in the national interest
The federal government will allow New Zealanders to enter the country without quarantine from Friday.
You will be able to land in Sydney, Darwin and Adelaide because the heads of state there gave the green light.
However, the Australians still cannot travel to New Zealand, where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pursuing an elimination strategy.
Federal budget papers earlier this month assumed this The Australian population will not be vaccinated until late 2021 and international travel will remain "low" until then.
The government expects every state border to be open until Christmas, with the exception of Western Australia, which it believes will keep its borders closed until after the state elections on March 31, 2021.
Foreign travel has been banned since March and it remains unclear when it will resume. Pictured: A temple in Busan, South Korea
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