PM to announce reopening of borders next month

Australians stuck abroad and those wishing to leave the country will have greater clarity today when Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlines a plan for reopening international borders as early as next month.

The announcement will be consistent with the national plan for reopening the economy, already agreed to by the national cabinet.

It stipulates that at an 80 per cent double vaccination rate, all restrictions on inbound and outbound Australians who are vaccinated will be lifted.

Morrison is expected to say the travel bans will be lifted on a state by state basis once each jurisdiction reaches the 80 per cent mark. This puts NSW and the ACT at the front of the queue. It will be vaccine-driven, not date driven.

But international borders will be open well before Christmas and well before the assumption in the May budget of sometime next year.

It will also enable home quarantine for arrivals, rather than hotels. NSW is currently trialling a one week home quarantine system and South Australia has done a two-week test.

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