Caught in the trap: Scott Morrison says Australians will not be allowed abroad for ‘the foreseeable future’ – and refuses to put a date on travel bubbles with ‘safe’ countries

  • As of March 17 of this year, Austalians have not been allowed to leave the country
  • The ban is in effect until December 17 and can be extended beyond that date
  • Scott Morrison said there will be restrictions ‘for the foreseeable future’
  • Mr Morrison said he is working on travel bubbles with Japan and South Korea

Scott Morrison said Australians would not be allowed overseas for the “ foreseeable future ” and declined to set a date when the travel bubbles would be operational.

Australians have been banned from leaving the country since March 17 unless they leave for more than three months or are granted an exemption.

The ban, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is in effect until December 17 and could be extended.

Scott Morrison said Australians would not be allowed overseas for the “ foreseeable future ” and declined to set a date when the travel bubbles would be operational.

Mr Morrison (pictured Wednesday) said: 'There will still be, for the foreseeable future, restrictions on the exit of Australians from the country'

Mr Morrison (pictured Wednesday) said: ‘There will still be, for the foreseeable future, restrictions on the exit of Australians from the country’

In an interview with Cairns 4CA radio on Thursday, the Prime Minister said: “There will still be, for the foreseeable future, restrictions on the exit of Australians from the country.”

He said that meant there were “ great opportunities ” for domestic tourism businesses – as long as state borders were open – as Australians will have to vacation at home.

Most of the other liberal democratic countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, discourage international travel but do not prevent citizens from going abroad.

Mr Morrison is working on travel bubbles to allow Australians to spend their vacations in certain low-risk countries without having to quarantine themselves upon their return.

He said he was in the “early stages” of talks with Japan and South Korea, but declined to say when arrangements could be in place.

“I can’t give you an honest answer to that because I don’t want to raise expectations,” he said.

What are the reasons for being allowed to leave Australia?

Your trip is part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of assistance

Your travel is essential for your business / employer

You are traveling to receive urgent medical treatment which is not available in Australia

You are traveling outside of Australia for three months or more

You are traveling for humanitarian or compassionate reasons

Your trip is in the national interest

Source: Home Affairs

The federal government allows New Zealanders to enter without quarantine on Friday.

They will be able to land in Sydney, Darwin and Adelaide because the heads of state have given the green light there.

But Australians still cannot make it to New Zealand where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pursuing an elimination strategy.

The federal budget documents earlier this month assumed that The Australian population will not be vaccinated until the end of 2021 and overseas travel will “ remain low ” until then.

The government expects all state borders to be open by Christmas with the exception of Western Australia, which it says will keep its borders closed until its state election on the 31st. March 2021.

Travel abroad has been banned since March and it is still unclear when it will resume.  Pictured: a temple in Busan, South Korea

Travel abroad has been banned since March and it is still unclear when it will resume. Pictured: a temple in Busan, South Korea

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