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Australia How vaccinated Aussies may be eligible for overseas travel exemptions

01:06  18 may  2021
01:06  18 may  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Australians could be eligible for overseas travel exemptions if they have received both doses of the Covid vaccine . To encourage Aussies to get the jab, National Cabinet is reportedly weighing up the move - which would also fast track the already lagging rollout. 'Where there are outbreaks or issues regarding Last month Scott Morrison said despite working on a plan for vaccinated Australians to be able to go overseas and isolate at home, he admitted it would only be for 'essential travel ' at first. 'What I'm working on right now, is that where an Australian is vaccinated under our program, when they will

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Australians could be eligible for overseas travel exemptions if they have received both doses of the Covid vaccine.

To encourage Aussies to get the jab, National Cabinet is reportedly weighing up the move - which would also fast track the already lagging rollout.

'Where there are outbreaks or issues regarding state borders, there is the potential for those who have been fully vaccinated to be exempt from some of those restrictions,' Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday.

Last month Scott Morrison said despite working on a plan for vaccinated Australians to be able to go overseas and isolate at home, he admitted it would only be for 'essential travel' at first.

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Australians who are vaccinated could be able to travel overseas and return in a “modified quarantine arrangement”, the Prime Minister has revealed. Just over 2.8 million Australians have received a vaccine , with the Federal Budget on Tuesday revealing everyone who wanted a jab would be able to get it by the It follows Health Minister Greg Hunt urging Australians who are eligible to get the jab, saying international travel was a “incentive” for people to be vaccinated . More than 134,000 Australian citizens and permanent residents have been permitted to leave the country since the pandemic began

Special exemptions to leaving Australia. Australian citizens and permanent residents to request approval to travel overseas if they can demonstrate 'a compelling reason for needing to leave Australian territory'. Next, you'll need to select what 'reason for exemption ' fits you the best, as well as provide a detailed explanation of why you need to travel . The form finishes off by asking for your passport details, proposed travel arrangements, contact details and a place to upload supporting evidence.

'What I'm working on right now, is that where an Australian is vaccinated under our program, when they will be able to travel overseas,' he said.

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'I would think in the initial stages, particularly for essential purposes, business, things like that, medical reasons, friends and family, important events, funerals, so on.

'That could be done and return to Australia without the need for a hotel quarantine of 14-days and to be able to do that either at home or under some other less stringent environment than you have with hotel quarantine.

'Now that would require being vaccinated and I think that would be an important incentive for people to do that.'

The Prime Minister on Monday refused to reveal the benchmark for reopening the international border, saying only that restrictions will remain in place until it is safe to do anything different.

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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has hinted Tuesday evening's much-anticipated federal budget will give a clear indication of when Australians can travel overseas again. Mr Frydenberg has said the federal government will unveil its 'assumptions' about when international borders will re-open during the budget announcement. 'The third element, that's the capacity for greater travel for those who have been vaccinated .' Mr Hunt said that vaccinated Aussies can travel earlier' and 'return with lesser restrictions'.

'It's not safe to take those next steps right now, it's not. But we'll keep working on what the next steps are,' he told reporters in Queensland on Monday.

Mr Morrison is taking comfort in broad support for the closed border.

Three in four people believe Australia's international border should remain closed until at least the middle of next year.

However, there is a growing push from the business community and within government ranks to open the border sooner than planned.

A poll published by The Australian has found 73 per cent of voters think the border should stay closed until at least mid-2022.

Only one in five people believes the border should open as soon as all Australians who want to be are vaccinated.

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But a group of Liberal MPs including Jason Falinski want the country to reopen as soon as possible.

They also want vaccinated Australians to be given a greater opportunity to travel overseas.

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A new travel exemption has been added recently to the below list. If you are travelling outside Australia for three months or longer, you may be eligible to apply for an exemption . You must ensure that you have sufficient resources to support yourself overseas for a significant period of time in the likely event of flight cancellations and other disruptions to your travel plans. Travel exemption requests that are submitted without appropriate documentary evidence to support your claim will not be approved.

Overseas travel will be limited until there's a Covid vaccine . Travel to the US, Europe and much of Asia will be limited. All states besides W.A. expected to open borders by Christmas. The Federal Budget has some grim news for most Australians hoping the pandemic to end soon and life to return to normal. The government is predicting Australia's population won't be vaccinated until the end of 2021 - which means overseas travel will 'remain low' until then and social distancing measures will be kept in place.

Mr Falinski said it was understandable people had adopted a 'fortress mentality' during the coronavirus pandemic.

'But it doesn't need to be that way,' he told Seven.

'We spent a lot of money keeping families safe, we don't want to keep them apart.'

Mr Falinski wants people who are vaccinated to be able to reunite with friends and family overseas.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet agrees, and has warned against letting populism determine public policy.

'It's the role of political leaders not to be following the polling or looking at what focus groups are saying,' Mr Perrottet told Sky News.

'The job is to lead and communicate and bring Australian people with us.'

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