Australia: Minister says Indian students could return by the end of 2021.
Intelligent Overseas Education Australia Update: Indian students could return to Australia via a “route” in the first semester of 2022. The announcement came after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the Serum Institute of India’s Sinovac and Covidshield Astra Zeneca vaccines. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the TGA judgment will allow authorities to assess whether international tourists were adequately vaccinated.
Indian students can return to Australia to resume studies after a year-long ban. Tehan called it “excellent news” at a press conference in India last week. “It means that the pipeline for our Indian international students to come to Australia is open again, and that semester one will start in February or March next year,” he added. The TGA has authorized vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The TGA hasn’t authorized Sinopharm, China’s other primary vaccine. According to a joint statement released on Friday, Tehan is in India for talks intended to conclude a long-awaited big trade deal by the end of 2022. Due to open borders, India-Australia flights have resumed.
The Australian prime minister announced Friday that the country’s borders would reopen next month, 18 months after closing. Scott Morrison said immunized Australians could return home and travel internationally “within weeks” if they meet 80% of the vaccine standards. The coronavirus outbreak forced Australia to implement some of the world’s strictest border controls on March 20. Thousands of international flights have been halted for 560 days, and international travel has plummeted. Families have been split up across continents, and foreign residents have been detained in the country, unable to contact friends or family. During the first five months of this year, the Department of Home Affairs denied over 100,000 entry and exit requests. “Australians must recover their life. “We’re getting set to go very soon,” Morrison said. He also announced that vaccinated visitors would be free to return home after a seven-day hotel quarantine.
The border will reopen when Australian states reach their 80% immunization objectives, and local politicians agree. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, currently has 64% of adults vaccinated, with 70% and 80% targets set for this month. A “Covid-zero” target is still elusive in most Australian states, particularly Western Australia and Queensland. WA Premier Mark McGowan said he doesn’t anticipate international travel to restart in his state before 2022 and won’t set a date for domestic border relaxation. “Pre-Covid” life in his state was “bleak, dreary, hard, dark,” he said, dismissing Sydneysiders’ fears that Sydneysiders would choose Paris to Perth. “If that means no mass fatalities in the interim. “We don’t have much economic disruption,” he said.
I think the choice is clear: we wait till it’s safe. According to Qantas, flights to London and Los Angeles will resume on November 14, Australia’s flag carrier. Expats and international residents reacted cautiously on social media. Experts say many Australians would be reluctant to book flights for fear of sudden lockdowns or other problems. And the long-term ramifications of this historic occurrence could be felt for years. A former Australian race discrimination commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, says Australia has been a “fortress nation with the drawbridge drawn up to the world.” ‘Fortification Oz’ is about an Oz fortress. This is like Australia re-entering the world, and it’s long overdue. A May Lowy Institute study indicated that 41% of Australians backed strict border controls.
Only 18% think fellow citizens should be allowed to leave. “Australia has become undeniably open, multicultural, and cosmopolitan.” “However, Covid has seen the nation turn back the clock,” Soutphommasane said. His approach to Covid-19 was characterized by “parochialism and insularity.” The rest of the world may conclude that Australia has fundamentally changed.”
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