The borders will be opened, among others for international students, skilled workers and business visa holders. Morrison added that this would also apply to South Korean and Japanese vaccinated tourists.
Earlier, Australia had opened its borders to foreign family members of its citizens.
“The return of skilled workers and students to Australia will be an important step in returning to the pre-pandemic era,” Morrison told reporters.
Reuters points out that foreign students bring the Australian economy around AUSD 35 billion (US $ 25 billion) annually, which is an important item in the income of the education sector. Many Australian universities are dependent on international students and the closure of borders due to the pandemic has forced them to mass layoffs.
Last month, the government lifted travel restrictions for Australians, which happened at the beginning of the summer holiday season in the southern hemisphere.
Australia closed its borders in May last year in the face of the growing wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Only a limited number of citizens and permanent residents were allowed to come.
According to experts, the closure of borders, the rapid introduction of lockdowns and strict social distancing laws have allowed Australia to keep the number of infected and deaths at a much lower level than in other comparable countries.
So far, about 200,000 have been registered in Australia. cases and 1,948 deaths, most of them in Victoria.