The United Kingdom wants to set up a “travel bubble” with Australia.
The British Prime Minister is reportedly working to convince the Australian government to set up a travel arrangement between the two nations.
Executive Traveller magazine reports that the UK is trying to kick start the local travel industry.
In a proposal being worked on currently, the UK will work to allow travel between various nations depending on their status.
The travel bubbles will take affect from July 6. It will classify countries as green, amber or red, based on infection levels and trajectories.
Australia would almost certainly be classified as “green” by the UK foreign office.
A Government spokesman said “our new risk-assessment system will enable us to carefully open a number of safe travel routes around the world – giving people the opportunity for a summer holiday abroad and boosting the UK economy through tourism and business.”
“But we will not hesitate to put on the brakes if any risks re-emerge, and this system will enable us to take swift action to reintroduce self-isolation measures if new outbreaks occur overseas.”
However, as much as the UK government would like two way travel between Australia and Great Britain, the Australian government is unlikely to reciprocate.
PM Scott Morrison said Friday “a number of countries expressed an interest given our health success in Australia, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be invitations we take up.”
In fact the PM suggested it would be at least another year before the Australian borders would be open.
Currently Australians are only allowed to leave the country under exceptional circumstances.
Anyone entering the country has to face 2-weeks mandatory hotel quarantine.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce also said he did not expect his airline to undertake any meaningful travel before July 2021 at the earliest.
Australia moved in March to aggressively move to stop foreign travel to Australia. The move to put all arrivals into mandatory 14 day quarantine and to test arrivals may have saved Australia from severe outbreaks of the virus.
Australia has only has 110 deaths from the virus so far with less than 10,000 cases overall.
Those strong bio security measures are likely to remain in place until there is a vaccine.
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