The government is looking at ways to boost business tourism, which has been affected by the pandemic. Picture: iStock
The government is looking at ways to boost business tourism, which has been affected by the pandemic. Picture: iStock

Health officials slap down travel chances

Health officials say there are no plans to allow business travel to Australia amid media speculation an easing of restrictions and changing quarantine requirements was being considered.

Rumours had begun to circulate that the government was contemplating allowing visitors to enter the country for business purposes but Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan emphatically dismissed this on Sunday.

"We're constantly reviewing the travel restrictions and the quarantine requirements for overseas travellers, there is no plans at this time to change the requirements for international business travel to Australia," she told reporters.

"The travel restrictions remain in place."

Ms McMillian said there are preliminary considerations for the easing of restrictions for international students to return for study, however.

"There are some very early discussions about the possibility of the return of international students but at this point in time, there are no current dates planned for that."

The news comes amid speculation that the Queensland border couple be open soon.
Queensland's border could open earlier than planned if Australia's COVID-19 status improves, the state's chief health officer says.

Asked on Sunday if the state government still plans to open the border on July 10, marking stage three of the road map to easing restrictions, Dr Jeannette Young said their method to making any changes stayed the same.

"At the end of this month we will review all of our epidemiology," she told reporters.

"Not only ours here in Queensland but from across the country to make those decisions about our borders."

Dr Young said the stage three date would remain as July 10 "unless of course something … was very different either way".

"If things were a lot better then of course we could bring that date forward, as did happen for this month's stage two," she said.

"Or if something were to happen interstate, I'm sure everyone would expect that we then push that date out.

"That's always been the role of that road map, at the end of each month we've reviewed the situation we're in."

Australia's total coronavirus cases are 7320, with 3128 in NSW, 1720 in Victoria, 1065 in Queensland, 602 in Western Australia, 440 in South Australia, 228 in Tasmania, 108 in the ACT, and 29 in the Northern Territory. 

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