Australia will allow entry to foreigners with visas in an effort to revive the economy

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Passengers arrive at Melbourne airport (Reuters)

Australia will allow foreigners with visa Entering the country since early December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, taking yet another step to revive international travel and support its economy.

Australia closed its international border in May 2020 and only allowed a limited number of citizens and permanent residents to enter in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Rules have been eased in recent weeks to allow entry to foreign relatives of Australian citizens, and Morrison said It will be extended from December 1 to allow the arrival of vaccinated students, work visa holders and refugees,

Australia return of skilled workers and students” An important milestone on our wayMorrison told reporters in Canberra. Australia It will also allow the entry of vaccinated tourists from South Korea and Japan from December 1she added.

Reunion in Sydney (Reuters)
Reunion in Sydney (Reuters)

The return of foreign students, who contribute around 35 billion Australian dollars ($25 billion) a year to the national economy, will be a major boost for the education sector.

With regard to students, the government has detailed that, although the requirements to enter the country will be relaxed, they should continue to respect the mandatory quarantine depending on the state where they travel. “International students should expect to attend classes and stay at universities until early next year (…) We encourage them to make their plans and come here,” Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said.

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It is estimated that around 200,000 people may obtain visas, although the government says there may be more.

Expected relaxation in border rules eliminate labor shortage, which threatens to hinder economic recovery.

,This will be a decisive relief for companies that are struggling to find workers to keep their doors open and for those that need workers with highly specialized skills to unlock large projects.said Jennifer Westcott, executive director of the industry body, the Business Council.

(With information from Reuters and Europa Press)

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