Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Australians could be banned from overseas travel until 2021

Aussies with travel withdrawal symptoms looking to jet off overseas are in for a long wait.

It could be next year before international travel restrictions are eased.

The federal government says it could be the end of the year or even 2021 before borders will open to international travel.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham told ABC trips abroad won't be allowed 'for quite some time to come' before banging the drum for the home grown tourism industry.

"Certainly this time is a good time for a bit of dreaming, a bit of planning, think about that Aussie break that you might take when we do finally get to the other side of this," he said.

"There may come a time where at least we can relax some of those travel restrictions within Australia and that will give you a chance to be able to get out perhaps to support some of those regions who at the start of the year were dealing with bushfires, or indeed the many other tourism regions who are struggling at present because of the loss of business."

"It's impossible to tell at present precisely when travel restrictions will be removed, because that will be a matter dependent upon the health advice at the time," Birmingham added.

Birmingham didn't put a timeframe on when international borders could open but 'wouldn't put any guarantees that you could undertake an overseas trip in December.'

Story Image

Your Comments

, be the first to post a comment.
Your email:

Email other comments made to this story

NOTE: Comments are subject to admin approval before being posted.
  • Talk of flights to nz

    In month or 2. & end of this year is 2021 We're going to usa later this year. Who writes this drivel?

    By Michael Anderson, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mole Poll
Will 5-day quarantine with test boost travel?- Yes/still too long/too expensive/ vaccine only??
Yes 24.72 %
Too Long 23.6 %
Expense 34.83 %
Vaccine 16.85 %

Thank you for your vote

What is GoodtoGo?

Submit your news
or special offer

Current UK Special Edition

Current US Special Edition

Current Asia/Pacific Special Edition


Central Florida's natural theme parks ideal for post-covid. Graham McKenzie finds out more

Visit Florida is all set for 2021 comeback - Graham McKenzie talks to head of VF Dana Young

Italy will be going back to basics in the post covid world

Sri Lanka - will it be the success of the post Covid world

South Africa and South Australia battle it out to be the best 'SA'
Enter the giveaway here!