Australia may not completely open its international borders until the second half of 2022. This ban may be a big blow to the airline and tourism industries.
Australia’s international borders have been closed since early last year to curb the spread of COVID-19.
However, an air-travel bubble with New Zealand opened last month. Some of the reasons like delays to Australia’s vaccination program and the emergence of highly contagious mutations of COVID-19, especially in India, are hampering plans to lift travel restrictions more broadly.
Though the Australian government earlier expected inoculations to be largely complete by October. But owing to the medical complications, the rollout has been pushed into 2022.
Qantas shares dropped as much 1.1 per cent in early trading in Sydney. Earlier, Australian citizens had also accused the government of racism over a ban on arrival from India.