"Mr Hunt said the decision on whether to keep the border closed or reopen it is based on a series of factors that must be carefully considered by officials.
“We still have to look at a series of different factors: transmission, longevity and the global impact. And those are factors which the world is learning about.”
Though Mr Hunt dashed the hopes of Aussies looking forward to jetsetting across the globe, he did hint that more travel bubbles could be established in the near future.
A two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is set to begin at 11.59pm on April 18, meaning visitors will be able to travel from both countries will be exempt from hotel quarantine.
The government is now turning its attention to other areas in the Pacific region that Australia might be able to make similar arrangements with.
“We’re then looking at other countries within the Pacific and within the region that are potentially low-transmission environments, and therefore Australia can do that,” he said."
"This latest blow to international travel comes after a new forecast by Deloitte Access Economics’ predicted international travel won’t fully return until 2024.
On top of that, Deloitte said quarantine for arrivals would likely remain in some form for years, as efforts continue to stop the virus being imported back into the country.
Deloitte economist Chris Richardson said that would have a bearing on overseas travel getting back to what it was pre-COVID.
“That keeps international travel – both inbound and outbound – pretty weak in 2022, and it may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024,” he said, according to 7 News.
However, some experts’ predictions for when the borders will reopen are slightly more optimistic."
"The UTS lecturer also warned that keeping the international border closed for an extended period of time could impact how long it takes for our inbound international tourism to recover.
“Airlines will not waste resources on re-establishing routes to and from Australia while borders remain closed or heavily restricted and passenger loads are limited to ridiculously low numbers," he said."