Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that he would welcome immigrants who have been vaccinated from Japan and South Korea, as well as talented workers and students from around the world who have the appropriate visa from next month.
Holders of fully vaccinated visas will be allowed to come to Australia from December 1 without applying for a waiver.
Introducing newcomers from Singapore, Morrison told reporters that “Australia will also welcome fully vaccinated citizens from Japan and Korea.”
The Prime Minister called the eligible visa holders “skilled workers and student allies … and temporary family visa holders”.
He described the return of workers and students to Australia as “the key point for our return”.
Australia has closed its international borders to all except residents and citizens with a few exceptions from March 2020. Restrictions have recently been relaxed. Since the beginning of November, only fully vaccinated citizens, permanent residents and their families have been able to move to Australia without being isolated.
Australian Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the country’s high vaccination rate has given support to students and immigrants to reopen Australia.
He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “We are 91% of the first dose recipients, which means we have to make progress at different stages.”
In Australia, with a population of about 25 million, there have been 1,942 deaths and more than 198,400 cases since the outbreak.
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