Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travellers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said. Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social-distancing rules. Mr Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time. ‘We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely,’ Mr Birmingham said in a speech to the National Press Club.

 

The return of international students will be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed as international education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth $38 billion a year. Australia has had more than 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 people have died from COVID-19, the disease it causes. It recorded its biggest daily rise in new infections in more than a month on Wednesday, with the most of them in Victoria, the second most populous state. With international travel forbidden in the foreseeable future, the government is urging the nearly 10 million Australians who travelled overseas last year to look at their own backyards for their next holiday.

 

Immigrants on iMiMatch are well aware of the fact that Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus , which it attributes to curbs on international travel and tough social-distancing rules. Thus, if opening its borders only in 2021will help the country to keep its inhabitants safe, then immigrants on iMiMatch understand perfectly and they are ready to forgo their tourists’ vacations and wait till next year before travelling to Australia. For those Australians who can afford to do so, immigrants on iMiMatch want them to feel an almost patriotic duty to get out and support the jobs and small businesses of their fellow citizens by having whatever Aussie holiday they can when borders reopen.That means instead of the beaches of Bali, it could be the beaches of Byron Bay. And immigrants on iMiMatch will be there to relax with them.