Australia Allow Entry Of Fully Vaccinated Visa Holders From 1st December

Australia Allow Entry Of Fully Vaccinated Visa Holders From 1st December

Australia allows foreign visa holders to enter the country from December. On Monday, Scott Morrison, Prime Minister, said, the recent move to restart international travel and help its economy.

Australia shut down its international border in May 2020 and allowed permanent residents and only limited numbers of citizens to enter in a bid to cut the spread of COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the rules were relaxed to allow foreign family members of citizens to enter, and Morrison said this would be scaled up from 1st December to enable vaccinated students, business visa holders, and refugees to arrive.

He said.

"The return of students and skilled workers to Australia is a important milestone in our route back,"

Scott Morrison told media in Canberra. Australia will also allow tourists from South Korea and Japan who are fully vaccinated from 1st December,

The return of international students, worth about A$35 billion ($25 billion) a year to the Australian economy, will boost the education sector.

Government data showed that more than 235,000 foreigners, including about 160,000 students, held visas for Australia at the end of October.

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Many Australian universities rely on international students, who make up about 21 percent of total enrolments—the border closure led higher education facilities to stop hundreds of staff.

Many International students locked out of Australia have said they would switch to alternative universities if they could not begin face-to-face learning in 2022.

The easing of the border rules is also expected to ease labor shortages, threatening economic recovery.

Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of industry body, the Business Council, said

"This will be serios relief for businesses who are struggling to find workers just to keep the doors open and for those who need highly specialized skills to start big projects,"

Border rules, swift lockdowns, and strict social distancing rules helped Australia keep its coronavirus numbers far lower than many other comparing countries, with around 200,000 cases and 1,948 passes.

Most new infections are being reported in the state of Victoria, on Monday which logged 1,029 new cases. NSW, home to Sydney, reported 180 new cases. Other states and territories are free from COVID or have very less cases.

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