No holidays to Australia until late 2021 if no Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out

Brits won't be able to holiday in Australia as they would pre-lockdown until the end of 2021, reports say.

Since March 17, only permanent residents and citizens have been permitted to enter the country with few exceptions to the rule, with arrivals forking out for a hotel for two-week quarantine.

There are also restrictions between and within some states and territories within Australia.

International travel 'will remain low' until the end of next year, or whenever a vaccine is widely available, Australian Federal Budget announced this week.

Social distancing measures will also stay in place until all Australian residents can be vaccinated, it has been reported.

Prime minister Scott Morrison previously said his government will secure almost 85 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine, if two current trials they have invested in prove successful.

He also stated Australia would open its borders to 'safe locations' before permitting other travellers into the country.

Mr Morrison said: "Our borders will open up at some point to safe locations whether it be New Zealand or parts of the Pacific or places like South Korea or Japan or countries that have had a much higher rate of success."

He added other countries including Greece and Denmark have similar models in place, where travellers only have to quarantine if they've returned from areas with high levels of Covid-19 cases.

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He is also considering letting people quarantine from home instead of hotels if they fly in from a low-risk country.

The restrictions in place for those travelling between Australia's states remain, and are expected to be lifted by Christmas this year.

However, Western Australia – including Perth – could stay closed until after its state election on March 31, 2021.

The country has had 27,174 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and 895 deaths.

Officials are keen to not replicate New Zealand's mistake earlier in the year, when it imported two new cases of Covid-19 from the UK a week after declaring it has eliminated the virus within its boarded and subsequently lifted travel restrictions.

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