In the recent development of events, Australia has decided to open its borders from December 2021 for certain categories of fully vaccinated travellers such as students, working holidaymakers and provisional family visa holders. Beginning in December, Australian carrier Qantas will be operating flights between the national capital of India and Sydney and Melbourne. Australia has approved both the vaccines – made in India Covaxin and Covishield.
The Current Scenario
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made an announcement stating that from December 1, 2021, skilled migrants, international students, working holidaymakers, provisional family visa holders and humanitarian visa holders who have full vaccination proof will be allowed in Australian borders without any exemption. Travellers will need to comply with the quarantine rules of the state or territory they are travelling in and of the state and territory they are further planning to travel to.
The statement further said that Australia will continue to take steps towards reopening its borders for international travel and will be making a few changes in its international border arrangements with effect from December 1, 2021. He added that these changes will ensure the safety of the citizens of Australia while welcoming the skilled and student visa holders who will ensure a secured economy.
Last month after more than a decade Qantas the flag carrier of Australia has decided to commence non-stop flights to India this coming winter. The airlines will use its Airbus A330 for 3 days a week flight between Delhi and Sydney starting from December 6th which will become a daily by the end of the year. Qantas had been looking to gradually restart its international services as well with their first commercial flights scheduled to continue its operations between Sydney and Los Angeles and Sydney to London from November 1st,2021 for Australian citizens and permanent residents and their immediate families as reported earlier.
Now Qantas has also announced a brand-new flight between Melbourne and New Delhi which will begin on December 22, 2021. Qantas also released a statement informing that it will operate four flights a week between Delhi and Melbourne, whole year-round. Flights from Melbourne to Delhi will operate via Adelaide and flights from Delhi to Melbourne will be nonstop. The initiation of this route marked the highest surge in ticket sales ever since the airline began its international travel back in August.