Australia’s tourism Minister has revealed which countries are extremely interested in a bubble. However, it all depends on a single number.
Australians who want to travel overseas will have to wait a lot longer. Still, Federal Ministers are optimistic that several travel bubbles may open up as soon as 2022, once the government’s vaccination target of 80% is reached.
On Friday, Mr Tehan stated that the next three to four months will be trying.
Mr Tehan acknowledged the massive decrease in local tourism over the last 18 months, with many businesses needing government aid to survive.
Mr Tehan also pointed out that at the moment, tourism in Australia is as tough as ever.
Although the business relief package provides support, it is still not moving through to those areas outside of lockdown.
The Tourism Minister mentioned the possibility of the New Zealand bubble restarting and that officials in the Pacific Islands and Singapore are eager to open borders to Australia if case numbers and vaccination targets are met.
Regardless of the spiralling Delta outbreak, Australia is currently on the UK’s “green list.” However, those granted a travel exemption must test negative for covid three days before arrival. Once inside, passengers must book and pay for a two-day covid test and report to authorities using a passenger locator form.
While nothing is guaranteed due to the pandemic’s unpredictable character, early contacts with foreign authorities point to good news for those who have been quarantined with strong travel desire.