Australia Wants A Travel Bubble With Singapore, Japan, South Korea And Pacific Islands
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many places are being cautious about opening up their borders, but the travel industry is crying out for restrictions to be relaxed.
While we've been all hoping for the highly-anticipated bubble with New Zealand, the Australian government is looking at other places that we could soon set up a relationship with.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed his administration wants to get an agreement with Singapore, Japan, South Korea and the Pacific Islands.
Negotiations are early at the moment, but Mr Morrison insists 'they're keen' to get tourists going back and forth without having to quarantine for two weeks.
The host countries are waiting to see how Australia will ensure tourists will be able to verify they aren't sick before they fly over.
The Prime Minister told Sunrise: "We want to ensure that we get no COVID transmission into those pacific island communities.
"Their health systems are different and we've got be very careful about that risk."
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He admits they've had 'good discussions' so far with South Korea and Japan, but those travel bubbles are 'a bit further off'.
Until there's a vaccine, you can bet your bottom dollar you won't be able to travel to Europe or America until at least 2022.
Scott Morrison said: "You only need to look at what's happening in Europe at the moment where they're going through a horrific further wave of Covid-19, and of course we've got to be extremely careful about that.
"We have to go cautiously on this, very very cautiously. Covid-19 hasn't gone anywhere, it's still there. It is no less aggressive today than it was six months ago."
The travel bubble with New Zealand will kick off at the end of this week, however for the moment it will be one sided. Kiwis will be able to fly across the ditch to the Northern Territory or New South Wales without having to quarantine.
It will be up to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on when Aussies will be able to do the same.
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