Australia’s border likely to stay closed for intl travelers until next year, minister says.
Australia is unlikely to reopen its border to international travellers until next year, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday. However, the country will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors, the minister added.
Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time.
The return of international students will be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed. International education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26.1 billion) a year