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    Australia will extend its borders to international visa holders in an effort to boost the economy.

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    Australia will begin allowing foreign holders to visit the country at the beginning of December, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday, the latest step in the government’s efforts to resurrect international travel and boost economic growth.

    With the goal of containing the spread of COVID-19, Australia closed its international border in 2020 and only permitted a limited number nationals and permanent residents to enter the country.

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    Earlier this month, the rules were modified to let foreign family members of citizens to enter the country, and Morrison stated that this will scaled up from December 1 to allow vaccinated students, business holders, and refugees to enter the country as well.

    “The return of talented and students to Australia represents a significant step forward on our path to recovery,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday. From December 1, vaccinated travelers from South Korea and Japan would permitted entry into Australia, he added.

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    The return of international students, who contribute approximately A$35 billion ($25 billion) to the Australian each year, will provide a significant boost to the education industry.

    According to government figures, more than 235,000 foreigners, including approximately 160,000 students, were in possession of visas to enter Australia as of the end of October.

    Many Australian colleges have come to rely on international students, who account for approximately 21 percent of overall enrolments. As a result of the border shutdown, higher education institutions were forced to lay off hundreds of employees.

    Many students who have been barred from enrolling in traditional colleges in Australia have stated that they would transfer to alternative institutions if they were unable to begin face-to-face instruction in 2022.

    The loosening of border regulations is also expected to alleviate labor shortages, which are threatening to hamper the recovery of the economy.

    “This will provide assistance for firms that are struggling to recruit personnel just to keep their doors open, as well as for those that require highly specialized talents to unlock large projects,” said Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council, an industry trade group.

    Border controls, rapid lockdowns, and strict social distance restrictions all contributed to Australia’s coronavirus numbers remaining significantly lower than those of many other comparable countries, with approximately 200,000 illnesses and 1,948 deaths.

    The majority of new infections are being recorded in Victoria state, which has 1,029 cases reported on Monday as of this writing. The of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, reported 180 cases. Other states and territories are free of COVID cases or have only a small number of cases.


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