Covid: Australia to end ban on citizens leaving country

The ban on Australian residents travelling abroad without permission will be repealed next week, according to Australia.

For the past 19 months, Australians have been exposed to some of the world’s strictest border procedures in order to keep Covid out.

As of November 1, people who have been adequately vaccinated will no longer need an exemption to leave the country.

Only Australian citizens are eligible, however the government has promised that some foreigner restrictions will be abolished soon.

“By the end of the year, we expect to welcome fully vaccinated skilled professionals and international students,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said in a statement.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at the reopening of Australia’s border, saying it was “time to give Australians their lives back.”

The developments have elated Australians and others all across the world. For long lengths of time, many people have been separated from their loved ones.

“But I’ll believe it when I see it and hear stories of stranded Australians being allowed to travel home without trouble,” Amy Hayes, an English citizen, told the BBC earlier this month.

Only under exceptional circumstances, such as a critical job or a sick relative, are people permitted to leave Australia, which has had over 160,000 Covid infections and 1,653 deaths.

Citizens and those with exemptions are allowed to attend, however the number of persons who can enter is strictly limited. As a result, thousands of passengers have been stranded in neighbouring nations.

The new travel vaccine requirement will not apply to Australians under the age of 12.

All other travellers who have not been vaccinated will need exemptions and will be quarantined in hotels for 14 days when they return.

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