Trapped Down Below: Scott Morrison says Australians will not be allowed abroad for ‘the foreseeable future’ – and refuses to place a date on journey bubbles with any ‘protected’ international locations
- Since 17 March this 12 months Austalians have been banned from leaving the nation
- The ban is in place till 17 December and could also be prolonged past that date
- Scott Morrison has mentioned there will probably be restrictions ‘for the foreseeable future’
- Mr Morrison mentioned he’s engaged on journey bubbles with Japan and South Korea
Scott Morrison has mentioned Australians is not going to be allowed abroad for the ‘foreseeable future’ and has refused to place a date on when journey bubbles will probably be up and working.
Aussies have been banned from leaving the nation since 17 March until they’re going for greater than three months or have an exemption.
The ban, because of the coronavirus pandemic, is in place till 17 December and could also be prolonged.
Scott Morrison has mentioned Australians is not going to be allowed abroad for the ‘foreseeable future’ and has declined to place a date on when journey bubbles will probably be up and working. Pictured: Tokyo
Mr Morrison (pictured on Wednesday) mentioned: ‘There’ll nonetheless be, for the foreseeable future, restrictions on Australians leaving the nation’
In an interview with Cairns radio 4CA on Thursday, the prime minister mentioned: ‘There’ll nonetheless be, for the foreseeable future, restrictions on Australians leaving the nation.’
He mentioned it meant there are ‘nice alternatives’ for home tourism companies – so long as state borders open – as a result of Aussies must vacation at dwelling.
Most different liberal democratic international locations, similar to Canada, the UK and New Zealand, are discouraging worldwide journey however not stopping residents going abroad.
Mr Morrison is engaged on journey bubbles to permit Aussies to vacation in sure low-risk international locations with out having to quarantine once they get again.
He mentioned he’s within the ‘early phases’ of discussions with Japan and South Korea however refused to say when the preparations may very well be in place.
‘I am unable to offer you an trustworthy reply to that as a result of I do not wish to elevate expectations,’ he mentioned.
What are the explanations for being allowed to go away Australia?
Your journey is as a part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, together with the supply of support
Your journey is crucial for your small business/employer
You might be travelling to obtain pressing medical remedy that isn’t out there in Australia
You might be travelling exterior Australia for 3 months or longer
You might be travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
Your journey is within the nationwide curiosity
Supply: Dwelling Affairs
The federal authorities is from Friday permitting New Zealanders to enter with out quarantine.
They are going to have the ability to land in Sydney, Darwin and Canberra as a result of state leaders there have given the inexperienced mild.
However Australians nonetheless can not journey to New Zealand the place Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pursuing an elimination technique.
Federal finances papers earlier this month assumed that Australia’s inhabitants will not be vaccinated till the top of 2021 and that abroad journey will ‘stay low’ till then.
The federal government expects each state border to be open by Christmas, aside from Western Australia, which it believes will hold its borders closed till after its state election on March 31, 2021.
Abroad journey has been banned since March and it stays unclear when it’s going to resume. Pictured: A temple in Busan, South Korea