ACTU secretary Sally McManus at a press conference

Australia at risk of being left behind as world opens up to vaccinated travel

Australia is at risk of being left behind by the rest of the world as countries, including the 27-nation European Union – move quickly towards travel for vaccinated individuals.

That is the message from at-home industry experts, after the European Parliament gave final approval to its COVID-19 digital certificate – a smartphone app that EU citizens will soon use to travel to countries without the need to quarantine.

The widely awaited certificate is aimed at saving Europe’s travel industry, and has been watched closely around the globe.

Plus, if non-EU citizens want to travel to Europe and are vaccinated, they will also be able to apply to visit.

Australia, on the other hand, on Thursday announced its international travel ban would be extended a further three months until at least September.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said the extension was on the advice that the global pandemic “continues to pose an unacceptable risk to public health”.

“The extension of the emergency period…

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