Covid-19 international border: Australia to open BEFORE Christmas and bubbles ...

Covid-19 international border: Australia to open BEFORE Christmas and bubbles ...
Covid-19 international border: Australia to open BEFORE Christmas and bubbles ...

Australia is in talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK, US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands such as Fiji for the fully vaccinated.

The Federal Government plans to open the international border for outbound travel once every state and territory has vaccinated 80 per cent of its residents, which is expected in early December.

The Covid-19 arrival caps for Australian citizens will also be removed and hotel quarantine will be scrapped in favour of home quarantine in states that sign up, with New South Wales and South Australia currently running trials.

Australian is in talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK (pictured is Big Ben), US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands such as Fiji for the fully vaccinated

Australian is in talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK (pictured is Big Ben), US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands such as Fiji for the fully vaccinated

But there may be no quarantine at all for fully vaccinated people arriving from countries where a travel bubble has been agreed.

Such arrangements would mirror the New Zealand travel bubble that was in place between April and July before New South Wales suffered its Covid outbreak.

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said discussions were ongoing with several countries with high vaccination rates to determine what kind of quarantine arrangements would be needed.

'Obviously with New Zealand we were able to do that quarantine-free. It would be great if we could get that up and running again,' he told the Today show on Thursday morning. 

'Then we're in discussion with the Pacific Islands, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the US, the UK on what those travel arrangements will look like. 

'Hopefully we'll be able to have home quarantine, we'll be able to limit the time of quarantine and, ultimately, quarantine-free travel. It could require some testing. All those discussions are in place,' he said.

Asked if the quarantine requirements could differ from state to state, Mr Tehan said: 'We'll work that through with the states and territories. We have a very important trial taking place in South Australia at the moment on home quarantine. 

A travel bubble could be set up with Fiji (pictured) so Australians can finally go on holiday

A travel bubble could be set up with Fiji (pictured) so Australians can finally go on holiday

'NSW have indicated that they want to move to home quarantining as well. As we keep rolling out these trials, the hope is also we can look at, perhaps, seven days in home quarantine with testing either side because the more we can limit that time in quarantine, obviously the better, the better for bringing returning Australians home, the better for international students to be able to return.

'So all that will be worked through with the states and territories.' 

Australia is projected to hit the 80 per cent vaccination rate in mid November but vaccine laggards Queensland and Western Australia are not expected to reach the mark until December 7 and December 6. 

On Friday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced her state would start a four-week

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