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When will Australians be able to travel again?

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The onset of covid-19 led to the closure of international borders and partial local lockdowns that restricted movements. The resumptions of overseas travel have been a mystery and speculation that is yet to be defined and clarified. However, with the invention of vaccines, there is hope for Australians to travel again. There is a brighter and clear light at the end of the tunnel. Several travel agency had announced their overseas travel, however, with the Delta crisis, these resumptions dates have been postponed to further dates. This indicates that the resumption of travel in Australia is not determined. According to various statistics projected through thorough analysis, suggested that post-covid-19 travels may not return to the pre-covid-19 level till 2024. Such projection was catalyzed by the rise of the Delta variant. Travel agencies in Somerville are committed to ensuring a smooth and clear resumption of travels through the provision of high-quality travel services. The following article through facts and statistics will try to zoom out on when Australians will be able to travel again.

In Australia, during the pandemic, most citizens enjoyed almost uninterrupted normality unlike most other countries until recently when travels were heavily restricted. Both the state and federal governments introduced lockdown rules such as a ban on international travel unless the travel meets the stipulated expectations. The government provided a strict number of Australians living overseas who can travel back home per week. However, they were to fund their trip back and a two-week hotel quarantine upon arrival. This meant that albeit lockdown, most citizens in the diaspora still had an opportunity to travel under strict rules and regulations. Nevertheless, with the outbreak of the Delta variant, the number of travelers returning home per week had to be slashed leading to most Aussies will have to wait a bit longer before traveling back home. The delta variant outbreak and ranging in various states means the lockdown and overseas travels will continue for biosecurity reasons. A campaign to enlighten the society to adopt the mentality of “living with Covid” as pioneered by the state, may soften the opportunity of resumption of international travels. 

Most countries all over the world had their borders closed to prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus that may be brought by tourists into the country. Australia had enjoyed a successful containment of the virus since the onset of the pandemic, unlike most countries. However, the dream of attaining ´Covid zero´ was havocked by the arrival of the Delta variant. This has led the federal government to accelerate the vaccine rollout to almost all its citizens. The government had started a four-phase plan to deal with the pandemic. According to the Government, the international borders may perhaps be reopened once 80% of the state’s population are doubled vaccinated. This means the Australian may enjoy overseas travels by early December according to the vaccination rate.

In conclusion, the travels may not achieve or enjoy the normality that was there before covid-19. The pandemic which has led to the growth of staycations and increase in domestic holidays may alter the Australian culture of international travels. Though most Australians will have met the vaccination travel requirement, trust to travel to countries that have suffered a widespread of the virus will affect their urge and travel habit. 

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