Digital Desk, Canberra. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that his government will allow international students and skilled workers to enter the country from December to accelerate the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Xinhua news agency report, Morrison said that eligible visa holders who have been fully vaccinated against corona will be allowed to enter from December 1. The announcement comes after Australia’s absolute vaccination rate crossed 85 percent.
Now international students, skilled migrants and refugees who have been fully vaccinated against corona must have a 72-hour negative test report and a valid visa. They will be allowed to enter Australia with priority to skilled workers to fill vacancies. Additionally, Australia’s borders will also open to all fully vaccinated travelers from Japan and South Korea on 1 December. All arrivals must comply with the quarantine requirements in that state or territory.
“From the first of December 2021, holders of fully immunized visas will be able to come to Australia without applying for a travel exemption,” Morrison told reporters. The return of skilled workers and students to Australia is a major step in our path. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the move to reopen borders to migrants will accelerate our economic recovery by helping to address gaps in our labor market and allow businesses to expand and grow with confidence. “As our recovery picks up pace, businesses across the country are in need of skilled workers, whether in hospitality, mining, construction or professional services,” he told local media. In the past two years before the pandemic, Australia had an average of around 110,000 skilled migrants each year, while the international student market is a significant source of income for the country.