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International travel could resume in October once the Australian adult population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

International travel could resume in October once the Australian adult population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The recommencement of international travel would depend on a number of factors, including the country's progress on the vaccine rollout.

The government would also need to monitor whether the COVID-19 vaccines are successful at preventing transmission of the virus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed today Australia was on track to reopening its borders by the October target, however there were no guarantees.

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"That's our hope and that's our expectation," he said.

Plans on how the recommencement would work in terms of quarantine arrangements are being discussed by National Cabinet.

Mr Morrison said it was still "too soon" to make a decision on whether travellers would need to undertake quarantine upon arriving into the country.

International arrivals may need to undergo a form of quarantine - potentially at home - or they might not have to quarantine at all.

The decision would be based on "medical evidence", Mr Morrison said.

"It is still too soon, about some of those matters," he said.

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"We are starting now to get a lot more data from the rest of the world ... that is very encouraging."

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said international travel was still "some time off" and may not happen until the end of October.

However, the aviation sector was "flexible" and would be prepared for take-off no matter the date.

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"It's probably not going to happen until the end of October when we have the full adult population vaccinated," he said.

"When the borders open up, we need the capability to start as many flights as possible."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-international-travel-could-resume-by-october-australia-vaccine-rollout-plan/f8735248-bca0-4b7e-8c8b-3a651deb6fc6

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