Australia opens border after almost two years, tourists can now make a visit
Australia– After a very long wait period, Australia has finally opened its borders for tourists from February 21 this year. The island nation had closed down all the borders with strict implementation owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday that Australia will be ending one of the strictest and possibly the longest running travel restrictions during the pandemic. He said that it has been almost two years since they took the decision to close the border.
Not only travel restrictions but Australia was also known to have implemented some of the toughest protocols while the pandemic was still going on. But announcing its return to normalcy, the PM said, “If you’re double vaccinated, we look forward to welcoming you back to Australia.”
The nation had shut its border for tourism in March 2020 with the aim to protect itself against the surging Covid cases all around the world. For most part of this duration, the Australian government barred the residents from leaving the country and only made a few exemptions with regards to welcoming visitors.
Due to such strict protocols, even though the nation managed to control the cases to an extent, many families’ split, multi-billion dollar tourist industry was hampered which eventually led to people raise questions over failed attempts to save itself against the pandemic.
People started debating over Australia’s claims of establishing itself as a modern, open and progressive nation. As per an estimate, monthly border closures had impacted businesses with loss amounting to US$2.6 billion. The last few weeks saw the Australian government gradually relaxing a few rules for long term residents and students with the most recent decision being all the remaining caps being lifted.