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▲ With Australia's tourism industry taking a heavy toll, it is expected to unlock the bar for Corona19 low-risk countries. This is a photo of tourists at Sydney Harbor Bridge last year. ©aubreaknews
The Australian government's plan to allow tourists from covid19 low-risk countries to enter the country is under way.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in an interview with a media outlet on the 10th (local time), "We are considering opening our borders to some Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, and Japan."
The plan is to continue to restrict entry from the U.S. and Europe, where the Corvid 19 epidemic is serious, but seek countermeasures such as proper quarantine measures for Covid 19 low-risk countries.
The Australian government has been tightly controlling international entrances since March. However, the tourism industry, which accounts for 3.1 percent of Australia's gross domestic product (GDP), has suffered the biggest loss as overseas tourists have been cut off due to the border blockade.
According to the Australian Travel and Transportation Forum (TTF), the Australian tourism industry is suffering an average of 3.9 billion Australian dollars per month.
Meanwhile, there is no clear position on whether Korea is included in a low-risk country, raising concerns among Korean residents, society and tourism workers.
"The review should lead to strong demands from the Korean community to allow Korean tourists to enter the country," said K, who served as a local guide in Sydney, in a telephone interview with reporters. "I hope that the local diplomatic missions will be able to ask the Australian government for cooperation."
With the attention focused on whether Korea will be included in Asia's low-risk countries, the diplomatic missions in question will also need to actively seek solutions.