Australia Travellers with two overseas vaccines will skip hotel quarantine
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Australia is set to allow travellers who have received the Chinese Sinovac and Indian Covishield into the country without doing 14 days of hotel quarantine from next month as the nation prepares to open the international border.
Prime Ministerannounced on Friday that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advised the two vaccines should be considered as 'recognised vaccines' for incoming international travellers.
States and territories that hit 80 per cent double dose vaccination coverage will begin to roll out seven day home quarantine for Australian citizens and permanent residents fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for use in Australia or those 'recognised' by the TGA.
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This significant move will boost the university sector by allowing international students from countries such as China and India to re-enter the country.
Data released by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment showed in the past 12 months to July students from China made up 29 per cent of the share of international students in Australia with 160,061 students.
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The second highest intake was students from India, which made up 18 per cent, with 96,334 Indian students.
In a statement on Friday Scott Morrison said: 'The recognition of these two additional vaccines is a major milestone towards more Australians vaccinated overseas getting home sooner.'
While the two vaccines have been approved to allow international travellers to be deemed fully vaccinated, the prime minister made it clear that the vaccines had not been authorised to be used for vaccinating Australians.
'Declaring certain Covid-19 vaccines as "recognised vaccines" is separate to a regulatory decision on whether they are approved for use for vaccination in Australia, which has not been made clear by the TGA,' Mr Morrison said.
The TGA is expected to continue to assess other vaccines and whether they will be recognised based on the available data and data that is given to the regulatory agency.
When borders reopen after COVID, where will Australians be able to travel?
As Australia inches closer to the 80 per cent vaccination target needed for the country's borders to reopen, the picture of what the first few months of international travel will look like is becoming clearer.While the federal government has said they hope to allow international travel by Christmas "at the latest", no date has been set despite national COVID-19 vaccination rates moving swiftly towards 80 per cent — the point at which the national plan sets out there will be a "gradual reopening of inward and outward international travel with safe countries".
Mr Morrison also noted that the Health Minister, Greg Hunt, will consider updates to the Biosecurity Act Emergency determinations to facilitate some of the changes made for fully vaccinated Australian travellers as the government continues to move forward on its National Plan to reopen Australia safely.
Australians looking for an overseas holiday will be able to access an internationally recognised proof of vaccination document in the coming weeks to prove their status.
Unvaccinated Australians will still have to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine stint in hotels or designated facilities upon their return.
Aussies who cannot be vaccinated including those under 12 or with a medical condition will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel.
Australians have been banned from leaving the country since March 18, 2020 under strict biosecurity laws to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
What are the four phases of opening up?
A. Vaccinate, prepare and pilot (from July 14)
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Arrival caps cut in half to 3,035 a week; early, stringent and short lockdowns if outbreaks occur; trials of seven-day home quarantine for vaccinated arrivals in South Australia; medicare vaccination certificates available on apps like apple wallet
B. Post vaccination phase (when 70 per cent are jabbed, expected late this year)
Lockdowns less likely but possible; vaccinated people face reduced restrictions; caps for unvaccinated arrivals increased; a larger cap for vaccinated arrivals with 'reduced quarantine requirements'; capped entry for students and economic visa holders
C. Consolidation phase (when 80 per cent are jabbed, time not announced)
Only 'highly targeted' lockdowns; lifting all restrictions for outbound travel for vaccinated travellers; no caps for vaccinated arrivals; increased caps for students and visa holders; more travel bubbles being set up with countries such as Singapore; booster shots rolled out
D. Final phase (percentage or time not announced)
Uncapped arrivals for vaccinated people without any quarantine and uncapped arrivals for unvaccinated people with testing before departure and on arrival
Lateral flow tests should replace PCRs for returning travellers by half-term, says Shapps .
Grant Shapps has said he wants returning international travellers to be able to use lateral flow tests instead of costly PCR tests by the half-term holiday. © PA Grant Shapps said he expects a formal announcement to be made on when lateral flow tests will replace PCR tests 'in the coming days' Speaking to Sky News, the transport secretary said ministers "anticipate" the change coming into force before the October break which will make family trips abroad "much easier, much less expensive as well".