Australia travel: Country shuts state border – when will it be open again?

Australia travel: Country shuts state border – when will it be open again?

Australia will close its borders for the first time in 100 years after the capital saw a rise in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks. The closure is to begin on Wednesday and will help the country manage the current cases.

Mr Andrews acknowledged that the border closure would most likely have a significant economic impact but that it was necessary.

Victoria reported 127 new cases today which is its highest daily increase since the pandemic began.

Since January, Australia has recorded 105 deaths and around 8,500 cases.

Under the new UK Government scheme, countries will be categorised as either green, amber or red, depending on their infection levels and each country’s test and trace system.

The countries which are green mean that people are allowed to travel back into the UK with no self-isolation period that was previously set by the Government.

Australia previously sought quarantine exemption for UK travel after Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said that the country’s handling of the pandemic should allow it to be exempt.

Birmingham said: “Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world.”

So where can Brits travel to go on holiday or to see loved ones?

The full list of those countries exempt from the two week self isolation period have been announced.

In Spain, travellers are now advised that they will no longer be required to self-isolate upon arrival but must meet three requirements.

The FCO explains: “On arrival, travellers entering Spain from the UK will not be required to self-isolate. However, they will be subject to the following three requirements: provide contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19; temperature check [and] undergo a visual health assessment.”

In Italy, you will only need to self-isolate if you have travelled outside the UK in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Italy or you will be arriving from a country for which there are still self-isolation requirements.

Published at Mon, 06 Jul 2020 03:33:00 +0000