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Full Return For Overseas Travel ‘Still Three Years Away’: Report

It may be three years before many Australians can get back to jet-setting holidays, as international borders are slow to open, due to Covid-19, according to a new forecast by Deloitte Access Economics.

In their latest quarterly business outlook, the Deloitte economists predict that quarantine for arrivals will probably remain in some form for years, as efforts continue to stop the virus being imported back into the country.

Deloitte economist Chris Richardson said this 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 this week.

Deloitte’s forecast did not take account of Australia’s national vaccine rollout hitting a setback – as it did last week. There are now concerns Australia will not reach its October 31 target to complete the national rollout.

However, it seems that Australians are at least on the cusp of travelling quarantine-free to New Zealand, with the long-awaited trans-Tasman travel bubble set to open from April 19.

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