Countries lining up for Aussie bubble

The federal government is reportedly considering requests from several countries to form COVID-19 travel bubbles.

South Korea, Israel and Greece are among the nations that have proactively shown interest in creating a travel bubble with Australia, according to a Travel Talk report.

Indonesia also wants in on an Aussie bubble.

This could mean travellers itching to get overseas sooner than later could be on board direct flights between these countries with 14-day quarantine periods waived.

Japan and Singapore want to resume travel with Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed this week, and travel to Pacific Island nations also remains a possibility.

Hawaii has also expressed a desire to create a travel bubble with Australia.

This arrangement, in particular, would allow visitors to Hawaii to spend quarantine ‘on holiday’ in their resorts.

The PM also said discussions around a trans-Tasman travel bubble would resume soon.

But before you get too excited, the government insists any easing of travel restrictions would not prioritise the health of the tourism industry over public health and would be based on medical advice first and foremost.

“My number one priority is always going to be the health consideration and keeping Australians safe,” said tourism minister Simon Birmingham.

Expect the reopening of state borders before softening of international travel restrictions, too, as the government hopes to have borders reopened before Christmas.

Of the countries listed above, where would you travel first?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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