By Sarah Keane •
Published: 11 Oct 2020 • 13:18
AUSTRALIANS unlikely to travel to Europe or the US until 2022, warned the Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham this week.
However, Mr. Birmingham conceded that they may open the travel bubble with New Zealand.
Following the Federal Budget last Tuesday, the government predicted that vaccinations would not be competed for all Australians before the end of 2021, meaning that until then overseas travel would have to “remain low”.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Mr. Birmingham indicated that travel to New Zealand and other ‘low-risk’ destinations may be possible by the end of the year. Although Mr. Birmingham wouldn’t confirm which countries would be added to Australia’s travel bubble, government sources revealed that Japan, Singapore and Pacific Island countries could be considered.
He continued: “However, the prospects of opening up widespread travel with higher risk countries will remain very reliant on effective vaccination or other major breakthroughs in the management of COVID.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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