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Australian Borders Likely To Remain Closed Until 2021

Looks like we will all be staying together a little longer.
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Travel in or out of Australia remains quite some distance off.

If you were dreaming of an international getaway towards the backend of 2020 or even a white Christmas holiday… you will have to think again as Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham states the nation’s border is likely to remain closed for some time.

“I do sadly think that in terms of open tourist-related travel in or out of Australia, that remains quite some distance off”

Tourism Minister – Simon Birmingham

Australia has been able to flatten the curve and significantly reduce the impact of COVID-19 by making the decision to shut the border and it would not be lifted any time soon.

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So, if you were hopeful of that trip overseas towards the end of the year your hopes might be dashed.

What about domestic travel?

Currently there are no border restrictions in either New South Wales, Victoria or the ACT.

South Australia has recently opened its borders to Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Tasmania as they will no longer need to self-isolated for 14 days on arrival into South Australia. Other states will also be allowed to enter South Australia from July 20.

But Western Australia remains closed off from the rest of the country and with no firm timeline for easing his stance on the hard boarder closure.

“But our border arrangement will stay in place until such time as it’s healthy and safe to bring them down.”

Mark McGowan

Is the New Zealand Tavel Bubble still a thing?

While the wheels are in motions and their have been reports that expert panels have submitted a case to both governments on how the trans-Tasman bubble could operate, there is still no timeframe on when it will occur.

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Read more: Here’s Why Auckland Should Be Your First Trans-Tasman Bubble Stop

So, again for the moment we are all going to be staying together a little longer – but that doesn’t mean we can’t get out there and take in all that WA has to offer.

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