Quarantine-free international travel is on the cards.
Late last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced our vaccination targets and revealed that the magic number for reopening our borders and allowing international travel to resume is 80%. We’re not so certain when that we will hit that target but like our prime minister, we hope that it is by the end of the year.
For those of us that do want to travel overseas, see friends and family living abroad or simply resume the plans we’ve put on hold for the past year and a bit, it appears that Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was right when he said, ”governments are going to insist” on proof of vaccination before being allowed to travel.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, the government’s expenditure review committee of cabinet discussed last week a proposal for vaccination certificates.
These would connect people’s vaccination status on their MyGov accounts with new digital vaccination certificates and border declarations and is part of the federal government’s multi-billion-dollar plan to reopen the borders. The certificate would be in the form of a QR code which could be printed out or downloaded onto a digital electronic wallet.
While proof of vaccination to enter other countries varies, Britain, the United States and Canada are among a growing number of countries that require vaccination or proof of a negative test result to enter without quarantining.
Currently, the Australian government is in talks with a number of other countries to establish more two-way travel bubbles for the vaccine certificates.