Australia will open its international border to fully vaccinated professionals and students from the beginning of December, potentially alleviating a labor shortage that has contributed to rising inflation

SYDNEY:

Australia will open its international border to fully vaccinated professionals and students from early December, potentially alleviating a labor shortage that has contributed to soaring inflation.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday that the return of eligible visa holders more than 18 months after the country’s border was closed to slow the spread of Covid-19 was a milestone in recovery from the pandemic.

Labor shortages have been cited as a major obstacle by many industries in recent months. Construction projects and costs are affected by the shortage of skilled workers, while agriculture is affected by the lack of short-time workers such as students and holidaymakers to pick and sort.

Mr Morrison said fully vaccinated tourists from Japan and South Korea would be allowed to visit Australia from early December. Tourists from Singapore returned to Australia over the weekend.

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