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Confirmed: Australia will reopen borders from 15th December

Published Date: 14th December 2021

Australia finalizes on their border reopening decision for international students and skilled international work force.

In the later days of last month, students were very anxious about Australia’s decision on whether they will be going forward with the border opening or not. The concerns surrounding Omicron variant of Covid-19 led to the government being indecisive in terms of border reopening. But this has now been sorted. Although Australian Trade and Tourism Minister, Dan Tehan, told past week that the reopening is back on track, Greg hunt said that this can’t yet be promised. Yesterday, Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed that the border reopening will go forward as planned. Australia will now welcome international student and skilled work force starting December 15.

It is greatly anticipated that the country will welcome not only international students and skilled workers, but also humanitarian visa holders, working holiday and provisional family visa holders will be allowed to enter.

Initial studies on Omicron that took place in South Africa depicted that this new variant of Covid-19 might not be as severe and problem causing as people are anticipating it to be. The symptoms may be light and not cause anything serious in the body of the affected. These studies also showed the Pfizer’s booster shot to be highly effective. People who successfully took 2 vaccine doses are less likely to experience anything troublesome.

This has led to a decrease in Australia’s worries regarding Omicron. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced the reopening of travel bubbles with South Korea and Japan. People from these two countries, international students, eligible visa holders and tourists will be able to enter the nation.

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