Australians might one day need a vaccination passport to travel across state borders, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison declaring “all of those arrangements will have to be put in place”.
“Those public health orders are the instrument that is used legally to prevent Australians moving from one state to another,” Mr Morrison said.
A year since the pandemic hit, Mr Morrison said his strategy to reopen international borders “is one step at a time and a risk that Australia can manage safely”, indicating he was open to quarantine at home but “it’s not something that’s doable yet”.
Mr Morrison described the reopening as “a gradual process”.
“It’s not closed one day, open the next,” Mr Morrison said.
“It will be tempered by the medical advice at every step.”
Phases would include Australians moving more freely around Australia, possibly under vaccination passports, then Australians being able to travel overseas if they have been vaccinated and potentially quarantine at home.
Mr Morrison said about the same time, Australians who had received “approved” vaccinations overseas could return safely.
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