Flights to LHR via SIN or DRW would be other options if the WA government is unreasonable.I think QF will be sweating on the UK being greenlighted for Aussies, as they can do direct flights from PER. Given the well established connections between AU and UK families, this would enable a real opportunity for travel sooner than with many other countries who are less well advanced in vaccine roll-out. The downside is that because of the chances that visitors to UK could sneak into EU etc, we will have 2 weeks HQ in WA on return - and knowing their premier's track record we could never get the number of arrivals allowed to equal the potential numbers for departure. Catch 22 however you look at these issues.
Yes. But there is not shortage of people in Perth with family ties to every other state in the country, and the tourist operators had no sway in opening up to places with almost zero COVID risk through 2020 until it became politically untenable.Massive NZ population in Perth actually - would have been a lot of pressure from tourist operators as well.
2021 - Fiji, maybe some other Pac Islands.
I can't see why Fiji, New Cal and Vanuatu couldn't join the AU NZ bubble?
The elimination strategy being pursued here versus the suppression in e.g. the UK, could make this interesting. Though if the vaccination rollout leads to herd immunity they may be able to switch to elimination.Our current working assumption is that Japan will be open to the UK and US from January or February 2022. So Australia will have some decisions to make...
Politically, I can't see any significant shipments of vaccine doses produced here being sent offshore for several months (small amounts in the low thousands for emergencies, maybe, but not shipments of hundreds of thousands). Until/unless they are certain that we have significant excess doses that won't get used here the further delay to our rollout wouldn't be viewed well by the public in general.
There's also the question as to how many of the population in a place like Fiji would be willing to take the AZ vaccine. If herd immunity is not reached then the benefits of sending vaccines there aren't nearly as good as if it helps them to reach herd immunity.
In the long run if we are to reopen borders with our neighbours in our region and keep them open and if annual booster shots will be needed we should aim to produce enough vaccines to vaccinate our population and some of our neighbours in the region as well.
I have two different answers thus far.I have just asked a few friends in several locations if many have been vaccinated yet. ie not just official figures but reports back from the population.
I'll advise when I get some answers.
Matthew Reilly's new book out 12th October 2021, and I traditionally take this oversea's and read. Usually my only novel for the year. Sometime end of the year to early next year would be great. Not NZ if I can help it. Malaysia/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Thailand would all be be great. Singapore in a pinch (but dull and sterile for my liking).I’m of the view it’s going to be case by case , we already have one country now, I think we may get to half a dozen by year end, between 20 and 50 next year, but open slather probably 2023/2024.
Funny thing in a pandemic that's what helps........ sterile ...