Australia to allow citizens to travel after 19-month ban

Australia has decided to allow its citizens to travel abroad from November. In the past 19 months, Australians have been banned from leaving the country unless they have exceptional reasons such as essential work or visiting a dying relative, British public broadcaster BBC reports.
From November 1, in Australia, its citizens will no longer need an exemption to leave the country, if they are fully vaccinated. Australians under the age of 12 will be exempt from the new vaccination requirement for travel. All other unvaccinated travellers still need exemptions and will have to quarantine for 14 days in hotels on return.
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As to foreigners willing to travel to the Red Continent, rules will be relaxed soon, the government in Canberra stated. «Before the end of the year, we anticipate welcoming fully vaccinated skilled workers and international students,» Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews announced.
From the point of view of fighting Covid-19, Australia has been comparatively very successful. By this week, only 1,653 deaths from health conditions related to the deadly disease have been reported, BBC wrote.