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Australia may open borders to Asia as it records third day without local COVID-19 case

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Time for a wine tasting holiday in WA.

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Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and even provinces in China.

This is the LDP's wet dream... to be mentioned among those countries that have defeated the virus.

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Just reading the source article. Of course, the part that wasn't mentioned is:

"Australia's international border is expected to remain shut until at least the middle of 2021 but officials are working on a travel bubble with New Zealand."

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Australia may open borders to Asia as it records third day without local COVID-19 case

That is a REALLY BAD idea.

This is the LDP's wet dream... to be mentioned among those countries that have defeated the virus.

Nailed it! As usual.

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Here's the actual source. Sounds a lot different from the cherrypicked excerpt here:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8932081/Scott-Morrison-reveals-countries-able-holiday-including-parts-CHINA.html

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Sounds good, but returning to Japan probably requires testing, some kind of quarantine and special envoy from the airport. No thanks. I'd love to visit Australia this winter, but not deal with all that.

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Kumagaijin: Best you avail yourself of the latest rules and regs then rather than just guessing.

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I'd love to visit Australia this winter

You are not visiting Australia this winter. Read the source article.

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https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/flights/coronavirus-countries-australia-could-open-up-to-first/news-story/6c12d1b4c25df2c90e601749344891fa

This is the full article, not dailymail.

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Taiwan, ok. Even HK. But Japan? Do the Australians know how many cases are cropping up in Japan everyday, even with the low number of testing?

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IMO, it would be best to be very, very careful, and to err on the side of caution, until a vaccine is available and used.

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Three days. Alright. Let in travelers from afar, as long as they have cash. Why worry about another wave of coronavirus brought on by tourists. No matter: the citation is missing the critical information that deems travel by the middle of next year. Besides the fact there actually are not any low risk countries.

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@Pukey2

Exactly. Japan is by no means a low-risk country in comparison with many other Asian nations.

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this is what saddens me the most about this election

Well, I can empathize. My own country is a disgrace, both the government and a significant number of the people.

You learn to live with it.

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"We ... are looking at what alternative arrangements could be hard to channel visitors through appropriate quarantine arrangements for low-risk countries," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

Here is the bit that most have missed.

Currently only Aust citizens and permanent residents are allowed in . . . . after completing two weeks quarantine in an approved facility. Any traveller to Australia would also have to complete 2 weeks in quarantine before being released. Add to that, 2 weeks on their home country, and you've got a month staring at the 4 walls of a hotel room for any given trip.

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