Home for Christmas: Scott Morrison makes bold promise to Aussies stranded abroad as vaccine target approaches
- Prime Minister Says Stranded Australian Expats Can Return Once Vaccination Hits 80%
- 80% of Australia’s population is expected to be double stung by December
- There are currently 45,000 Aussies abroad, waiting to return home
Scott Morrison has promised more flights home for Australians stranded abroad once the country meets its vaccination target.
Speaking at the Quad meeting in Washington DC, the Prime Minister said stranded expatriates can return home once 80 percent of Australians have been double stung.
The goal is expected to be reached in December, but Morrison could not guarantee the 45,000 stranded Aussies would be back in time for Christmas.
Scott Morrison (pictured) said Saturday from Washington DC that Australians could return home once the country’s vaccination coverage reaches 80 percent.
He said arrival limits, which were introduced to help manage hotel quarantine figures, would be lifted to allow more Australians to return home.
“We’ve been running more commercial flights and if needed we’ll be running (more) but once we get 80 per cent of vaccinations it means Australians can travel in those states that are opening up,” he said. reporters on Saturday.
“They will be able to get on planes and go abroad and come home, and that means Australians who are abroad and who have been vaccinated with the vaccines that are recognized in Australia can get on planes.” and come to Australia.’
With 80 percent vaccination, international borders will reopen with arrival limits lifted as part of the country’s national roadmap to reopening.
But he couldn’t confirm that all 45,000 Aussies stranded abroad would be home in time for Christmas
Current projections indicate that Australia’s vaccination target is expected to be met in December.
Earlier this week, Scott Morrison confirmed he would continue to relax strict border restrictions in line with the national reopening plan.
“That’s definitely what we want to facilitate — for vaccinated people to travel,” he told reporters in Washington DC on Thursday.
Morrison said he looked forward to welcoming students and skilled migrants back when borders ease.
“Those vaccination rates will continue to rise,” he said.
“As they increase, the chances of getting back to living as normal as possible and living with the virus will get closer every day.”
Once the Australian population reaches 80 percent of the double jab, international borders are expected to open and flight limits on arrivals will be lifted
Australia is in talks to set up quarantine-free travel bubbles with the UK, US, South Korea, Singapore and Pacific islands like Fiji for fully vaccinated individuals.
More than 26,130,313 doses of the vaccine have been administered to Australians across the country.
Of that number, 10,340,279 have been fully stabbed.
On Friday Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced that the state would begin a four-week trial of home quarantine for returning Australians as NSW moves closer to 80 percent vaccination.
Qantas is preparing to restart international flights on December 18, with NSW residents expected to fly to London and New York.
Queensland and WA will keep the borders closed until 90 percent vaccination is achieved as part of their Covid elimination strategy.