There’s a glimmer of hope that Australians may be able to travel overseas next year.
According to Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham, the prospect of 2021 international holidays is “not impossible”. It will hinge upon the effectiveness of the covid-19 vaccine, scheduled to arrive in January of next year.
“It’s not impossible, and I would like to think that we will see such success in terms of both the vaccines and their effectiveness,” Birmingham told Sky News on Sunday.
International travel in the first six months of the year “may be challenging”, but there is a good chance it will resume the later half.
The Australian government has entered into 5 separate agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
“The manufacturing rollout, distribution, uptake, all the other factors that come into how it is that a vaccine could change the way we look at things around this pandemic,” Birmingham continued.
Meanwhile, Australia is working toward a quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand.