Australia will begin lifting their travel bans for international travel starting in November, according to a new plan by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Australia’s government had originally said they would not be opening any sooner than 2022.
The new plan would allow fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents to leave the country if they quarantine for seven days when returning home, according to a report by the New York Times. The plan would not immediately allow foreign visitors to the country.
“It’s time to give Australians their lives back,” Morrison said, announcing the plan that would open up territory or state by territory or state, depending on vaccination rates.
Australia has had one of the strictest policies, closing their borders in March of 2020 and only allowing the most essential of travel in that time. Starting in November, Australia states and territories will be able to allow travel for their citizens once they achieve 80 percent vaccination rate among residents. According to the NYT, the country currently sits at a 44 percent vaccination rate, with New South Wales likely to be the first to reach the 80 percent vaccination rate.