Is Australia under lockdown when it comes to travel? Is it possible for me to travel to Australia, which is on the green list?
Following a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks, swaths of Australia have been placed under lockdown. Is it possible for me to travel to Australia, which is on the green list?
With more than half of the country’s population under stay-at-home orders, Australia’s two largest states have recorded high spikes in new COVID-19 cases, casting doubt on hopes that lockdown restrictions would be relaxed. Following an outbreak of the Delta variety, stay-at-home orders have been issued in New South Wales and Victoria.
Four weeks into the lockdown, Sydney, the country’s most populous city, has recorded 110 new cases, while Victoria has reported 22 as the statewide lockdown approaches two weeks.
States will not be lifted from lockdown until cases are as near to zero as feasible, according to health officials.
On Wednesday, a third state, South Australia, began the first full day of a week-long lockdown and reported one more case.
The limits apply to over 13 million Australians, and just 11% of the population has been vaccinated thus far.
Australia is currently on the UK’s green list, which means that visitors will not be required to undergo quarantine upon their return.
Since the beginning of the epidemic in March 2020, Australia has been closed to international travel.
For sections of the pandemic, there was an on-and-off travel bubble with New Zealand, but this is the only measure-based travel allowed in and out of Australia.
Australians are subject to stringent admission requirements.
Permanent residents, immediate family members, and necessary workers are officially permitted to enter – and exit – the nation, but even this is proving tough in practice.
To relieve pressure on the country’s quarantine system, the country is only admitting 3,000 citizens every week to return.
Around 34,000 Australians are thought to be stranded abroad right now.
Because even Australians are having difficulty reentering their nation, leisure travel to Australia for Brits is unlikely for the foreseeable future.
Many people believe the borders will not reopen until at least 2022.
In May 2021, Australia’s finance minister, Simon Birmingham, informed local media that “borders won’t be flung open at the start of next year.”
“Given uncertainties that exist not only in the speed of vaccination distribution, but also in the extent of its effectiveness to different Covid types, the duration of its lifespan and effectiveness,” he stated.