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Nations line up for travel bubble with Aust.

Trans-Tasman travel talks to restart soon

Australians desperate to travel overseas, and the tourism industry no doubt, will be pleased to hear that the Federal Government is reportedly considering requests from several countries to form COVID-19 travel bubbles. 


According to 7NEWS, South Korea, Israel and Greece are among the nations that have proactively shown interest in creating a travel bubble with Australia, which could see direct flights between countries and 14-day quarantine periods waived. 


Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel


Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that Japan and Singapore had also expressed interest in resuming travel with Australia, while travel to Pacific Island nations remains a possibility.   


Earlier this month, Hawaii voiced its desire to create a travel bubble (of sorts) with Australia, which would effectively see visitors to the Aloha State spend their quarantine ‘on holiday’ in their resorts.


Meanwhile, the PM said that talks between Australia and New Zealand around a Trans-Tasman travel bubble would resume soon. The idea of opening Trans-Tasman borders was put on hold when coronavirus cases spiked in Victoria.     


While a reopening of international borders sounds tantalising, the Federal Government insists that any easing of travel restrictions would be based on medical advice first and foremost. 


“My number one priority is always going to be the health consideration and keeping Australians safe,” Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said.


A reopening of state borders is also being prioritised over a softening of international travel restrictions, with the Federal Government hoping to have that issue settled before the Christmas holiday period. 


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 31 August 2020

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