Holidays and visits to see relatives Down Under look unlikely until the end of 2021.

Since March 17, only citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to enter Australia with a few exceptions, with arrivals expected to pay for a two week hotel quarantin.

Australian Federal Budget has announced this week, that international travel will ‘remain low’ until the end of the year, or whenever a vaccine is widely available, MailOnline reports.

Social distancing measures will also be kept in place until all Australian residents can be vaccinated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously said his government will secure almost 85 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine if two current trials they have invested in,  prove successful.

He also made clear that Australia would open its borders to ‘safe locations’  before allowing other travellers in.

Mr Morrison said: “Our borders will open up at some point to safe locations whether it be New Zealand or parts of the Pacific or places like South Korea or Japan or countries that have had a much higher rate of success.”

Restrictions on travelling between Australia’s states still remain, although it is expected internal borders will re-open by Christmas this year.

However Western Australia, which covers Perth, could stay shut until after its state election on March 31 2021.

Australia has had a total of 27,174 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and 895 deaths.

Officials are keen to not to replicate nearby New Zealand’s mistake in the summer when it imported two new cases of Covid 19 from the UK a week after declaring it has eliminated the deadly virus within its borders and subsequently lifted travel restrictions. 

Early on in the pandemic, New Zealand PM Jacinda Arden won widespread praise from all over the globe for her swift handling of the virus- taking the unprecedented step of closing the borders entirely to almost all non-citizens or residents in March.

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