A getaway to the tropical island of the South Pacific could be closer than we originally thought after PM Scott Morrison hinted at an Aus-Pacific travel bubble earlier this week.
With the first coronavirus vaccines set for late February, and the Trans-Tasman bubble still set for April, Scott Morrison is hinting that the next step could be a bubble with some South Pacific nations.
Speaking to 2SM’s John Laws, ScoMo said the rollout of the vaccine could allow international travel to open up to more Aussies.
The Prime Minister suggested Pacific Island nations like Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Fiji could be next on the bubble list.
Hello South Pacific
ScoMo said that a bubble agreement would allow more seasonal workers to travel to rural Australia – meaning it could be one way until there is “very little, if any” community transmission in Australia.
It could well start in the same way as the one-way safe travel zone agreement with New Zealand.
“I’d love to see a Pacific bubble.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
He said that Australia will be seeking to support the Island Nation’s testing procedures and raised concerns about the health care systems in these countries if there were a Pacific outbreak.
This is why it is important that Australia has few, or no, active cases before a bubble agreement can be safely made.
But as a nation, we’re doing well at containing any outbreaks, meaning a Pacific Bubble could be on the horizon, ready to reunite loved ones, boost economies and give you the opportunity to take a well deserved break on a beautiful island.
Digital health passports
Digital health passports are being discussed all over the world and are likely to be a travel requirement moving forward.
The Australian government recently announced Australians will get a digital record once they receive a COVID-19 jab, which could be the key to getting international travel kickstarted once more.
When do you think international travel will restart? Will you be opting to have the vaccine in order to travel in 2021 if you can?
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