Great to see some real progress towards getting Australians travelling internationally again!
The introduction of additional Safe Travel Zones on top of the Trans Tasman channel is getting closer.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is on the ground in Singapore this Thursday en route to G7 to meet with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. On the agenda is the need for a Safe Travel Zone between Australia and Singapore. This is just one of a number of such zones which are actively being progressed.
At the same time the Government appears to be moving rapidly on its plans to allow Australians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel with less strict quarantine requirements in place. The Government has set up a taskforce to look at how best to implement this with a pilot possible within 2 months.
AFTA has been vocal in our support for both approaches as commonsense solutions to get Australians travelling again including through greater take-up of vaccination. We are working alongside other peak industry bodies to get this happening sooner rather than later. We also had the opportunity to raise this alongside the need for ongoing financial support during our recent face to face meetings in Canberra.
The hard, cold facts are that Australia simply can’t afford to continue as the hermit kingdom. The economic hangover of being cut off from the rest of the world grows each and every week. We all need Australia open again and international travel a reality.