Australia to allow more visa-holders to return as it faces skills shortage in post-Covid recovery

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  • Australia will allow eligible visa holders to enter from December 1 without needing to apply for a travel exemption – provided they are fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday.
  • Eligible visa holders include skilled workers, students, refugees as well as working holidaymakers.
  • After allowing entry to vaccinated citizens from New Zealand and Singapore this month, Australia will expand that provision to include people from Japan and South Korea from 1 December.

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Australia is set to allow eligible visa holders who have been fully vaccinated to enter from 1 December without needing to apply for a travel exemption, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday.

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eligible visa holder Skilled workers, students, refugees as well as working holidays are included.

Morrison said in a press briefing, “The steps we are taking today are about securing our economic recovery, the steps we are taking today are about the Australians, the steps we take today.” It’s about taking Australia forward.”

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“The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major milestone on our way,” he said. “This is a major milestone in what the Australians have been able to achieve and enable us to do.”

Australia closed its borders to everyone except Australian citizens and permanent residents in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, more than 500,000 temporary migrants have left the country, according to A parliamentary report in August, One member of parliament said that the lack of skilled migrants as well as low unemployment have led to a “great skill shortage in many sectors of the Australian economy”.

The country is expecting to take in about 200,000 eligible visa holders when the restrictions are lifted on December 1, according to Home Minister Karen Andrews, but that number could be higher. Those passengers will be subject to relevant quarantine arrangements, depending on which state they are entering from.

States such as New South Wales and Victoria, as well as the Australian Capital Territory, no longer require mandatory quarantine for vaccinated travelers.

Visitors to Japan, South Korea

After allowing vaccinated citizens from New Zealand and Singapore to enter this month, Australia will expand that provision to include people from Japan and South Korea from 1 December.

Japanese and South Korean nationals will be required to hold a valid Australian visa to depart and enter their home countries. They also need to be fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test before their departure.

Morrison said receiving tourists from South Korea, Japan and Singapore is an “important first step” in Australia’s plan to reopen to international visitors. “They are all very important tourism markets for Australia, and, so we are welcoming them with open arms, and whether we can extend that to others between now and the end of the year, well, we will see a lot on that. carefully.”

Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents are already permission to leave australia From any state or territory without the need for travel exemption. Upon their return, they will be Subject to prevailing quarantine measures the state from which they enter.

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