Forget Australia this year?

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The coronavirus broke out in the Far East first and then spread to Asia and Australasia largely through the ease with which people can fly. Then it ventures into Europe and spread into Africa and the Americas.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney may not be on my travels this year. Not because I don’t want to go but because I may not be allowed to enter.

Why am I telling you the obvious you might ask?

I do so because it is in the Far East and Australasia where there are fears of a second wave. Beijing has locked down certain suburbs, South Korea saw 59 new cases, New Zealand – two new cases brought in by international travellers –  and Australia has seen the same. In the Australian state of Victoria there were 18 more cases found yesterday including one person who had been on a weekend demonstration.

Could those demonstrations that occurred around the world cause a spike?

Yes, the figures may be low in comparison with the height of the pandemic. Nevertheless it is making governments wary about a possible re-infection in their nations.

That might be one of the reasons why the Australian tourism minister yesterday said that the Australian border might stay closed until next year for short term visitors. This I take to mean holidaymakers and business visitors because those studying at Australian educational institutions seem exempt.

The national airline, Qantas, announced that international flights (New Zealand may well be an exception if a travel corridor is agreed between the two nations) would remain suspended until

late October.

For the 700,000 Britons who travel to Australia each year there was probably some nervousness anyway about sitting a plane for about 24 hours, nonetheless with so many blood ties between the two nations, those with relations would weigh the costs before deciding.

Oddly enough, yesterday morning I looked at flights to Sydney during November and, spotting some god fares, I was tempted to book but didn’t as I would prefer to wait until late summer to see what might eventuate.

 Other visitors to Down Under may prefer to do the same.

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