The Australian government on Tuesday revealed that international tourists can only visit the country in 2022.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said their priority will be the return of skilled migrants and students before tourists next year.
“The next priorities are skilled migrants that are very important for the country and who are double vaccinated, as well as students who are coming and returning to Australia for their studies,” Morrison
Morrison revealed Australia is expected to reach the vaccination benchmark on Tuesday at which the country could begin to open up: 80% of the population aged 16 and older having a second shot.
Based on data, Australian immigration has been at its lowest since World War II because of pandemic restrictions.
The COVID-19 has also had a disastrous effect on Australian universities that rely heavily on fees paid by international students.
The education sector hopes their border can be opened soon so that students will not enroll in other countries.
The Australian Tourism Export Council, which represents a sector that made 45 billion Australian dollars ($33 billion) a year from international tourists before the pandemic, wants international visitors to return by March.