Chinanews.com, December 9 According to a report by Australia, Australia’s restrictions on international travel destinations and cruise ships will continue until at least March 17, 2021.
This has dealt a huge blow to temporary visa holders and increased the concerns of temporary visa holders who are forced to stay overseas, who will face problems such as losing their jobs and reducing savings.
The Australian Health Protection Main Committee reportedly held that COVID-19 still poses a significant public health risk internationally and thus continued to extend the “Federal Human Biosafety Emergency”.
Federal Health Secretary Hunter said: “The disease is spreading at an unprecedented rate. The international world is still in an environment full of challenges and dangers. Australia will not be completely safe unless the international community is safe.
According to the report, this emergency statement means that until March 2021, there will be continued restrictions on outbound travel, international cruise ship arrivals and international airport retail stores. People can still leave Australia with certain immunity.
Hunter said that Australia has granted a total of 95,325 exemption opportunities since the declaration was first announced in March 2020.
The emergency, which was given the authority to take all necessary measures to contain the outbreak, was granted to the government as declared emergency period under the Biosafety Act, which came into effect on 18 March 2020.
The Australian National Security Council has accepted the extension proposal, which will be submitted to the Governor-General for final approval on the 10th.
It is also reported that the extension of Australia’s border policy once again stifles the hope of temporary visa holders looking forward to return.
Since the Australian government began to close the border to non-Australian citizens and non-permanent residents in March, only 11% of returning travelers entered Australia after obtaining discretionary exemption from the Australian Border Commissioner, which is also the only way for temporary visa holders to return to Australia at present.