Those who were looking forward to a well-overdue international holiday in 2021 might have to hold on just a little bit longer.
In news that will surprise nobody familiar with the events of 2020, Aussies have been told that their overseas trip probably won’t be on the cards this year.
The nation’s top health chief Professor Brendan Murphy has predicted that the federal government will be unlikely to allow Australians to travel internationally, even after the COVID-19 vaccine has been rolled out across the country.
Professor Murphy has told the ABC that we will need to wait and see exactly what the effects of the vaccine are before the government pulls the trigger on reopening the borders.
“I think the answer is probably no. I think we will go most of this year with substantial border restrictions, even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus and it is likely that quarantine will continue for some time,” Professor Murphy told ABC TV.
The prediction comes almost a year after Australia effectively closed its borders on the rest of the world, with international travel into and out of Australia heavily restricted from February 1, 2020.