Australian authorities announced that they have eased restrictions imposed on international borders for the first time since the start of the Corona pandemic, which will allow those who have been vaccinated to travel freely.
After this decision, millions of Australians in the states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Canberra were able to travel freely, more than a year and a half after the start of imposing one of the strictest border policies in the world to tackle the Coronavirus, which included preventing citizens from returning to or leaving the country unless They are granted an exemption.
In this context, the Australian company Qantas said that its plane landed in Sydney at 6 am local time from Los Angeles, becoming the first flight that allows Australians who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to leave the plane without quarantine.
International travelers also arrived early this morning in Sydney on Singapore Airlines.
It is noteworthy that the Australian government had said in May that their country was committed to the plan to reopen its borders in the middle of 2022.
Impact on the economy
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the travel changes would help the economy immediately.
"The fact that Australians can move more freely in and out of our country without having to remain in home quarantine if they have been vaccinated twice is cause for celebration," he added.
What led to the easing of restrictions?
The relaxation of travel rules is associated with higher vaccination rates for more than 80 percent of people aged 16 and over in Australia's two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as the fully vaccinated metropolitan area.