Australia's borders are finally open to international travelers

 The country welcomes Skilled migrants and foreign students


After closing the border two years ago, Australia will finally accept overseas students and skilled migrants.

More than 230,000 visa holders and 133,000 students are anticipated to arrive in the nation on Wednesday, after the Federal Government announced that the borders will be reopened after a two-week suspension.

The border was supposed to be reopened on December 1st, but because to the threat of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, the date was put back.

Visa holders must be immunized and have a negative Covid test 72 hours before to arrival.

Between the restoration, a travel bubble with Japan and South Korea can commence.

Catriona Jackson, CEO of Universities Australia, expressed her happiness that overseas students could now return.

'We have missed their presence and couldn't be happier to welcome them back starting today,' Ms Jackson added.

'We recognize the very genuine effects Covid-19 has had on their welfare, as well as the fortitude they have demonstrated in the face of severe uncertainty.'

On Wednesday, the Tasmanian border reopened, allowing fully vaccinated visitors to enter the state.

People entering Tasmania from high-risk locations must have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. People who have not been immunized must still ask for a travel exemption to enter the country.

Virus restrictions are also scheduled to soften in NSW from Wednesday, with the unvaccinated now permitted to access retail and hospitality establishments.

The prohibition on unvaccinated persons was supposed to terminate on December 15th, or when NSW reached 95% completely vaccinated, whichever happened first.

The current immunization rate in NSW is 93.2 percent.

Concerns have been raised that the move to open up to the unvaccinated would result in an even larger increase in Covid-19 cases in the state, following a significant increase in infections caused by Omicron in NSW.

On Tuesday, there were 804 new instances in NSW, the most since the conclusion of the Covid-19 ban, with 21 related to the Omicron variety.

Despite the increased number of Omicron cases, Doherty Institute infectious diseases researcher Sharon Lewin said the increase was not surprising.

'It's a balance between how much activity there is, how much exposure there is, and how much protection there is,' according to Professor Lewin.

'I don't think there's anything to be concerned about; it was exactly what we expected.'

On Tuesday night, NSW announced that fully vaccinated immigrants from the eight southern African nations would no longer be required to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine, bringing all foreign arrivals into compliance.

All fully vaccinated overseas newcomers must still self-isolate for 72 hours, according to NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant.

Nationally, 89.5 percent of the population over the age of 16 is completely vaccinated, with 93.4 percent having received only one dosage.




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