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Australia to ease border ban on some foreign citizens – BBC News

Australia says it will begin significantly relaxing bans on foreigners entering the country, prioritising certain groups.
Skilled migrants and international students, as well as Japan and South Korean citizens, will be among those allowed entry from 1 December.
All must be fully vaccinated.
Australia has implemented some of the world's tightest border controls since March last year, including on its own citizens.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Monday's announcement an "important step forward".
Under the relaxed rules, eligible visa holders will be allowed to return to Australia without needing a special exemption.
That will be an estimated 200,000 travellers between December and January, the government said.
"Eligible visa holders include skilled workers and student cohorts, as well as refugees, humanitarians, temporary and provisional visa holders," Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said.
They must return a negative Covid test in the three days before arriving, she added.
Fully vaccinated South Koreans and Japanese who hold a valid visa will also be able to enter without undergoing quarantine.
The country has begun a phased re-opening since reaching vaccination targets. More than 85% of Australian over-16s are now fully vaccinated.
The pandemic's chokehold on international travel has highlighted Australia's economic dependency on foreign labour and international students.
The international education sector earned Australia an estimated A$40bn (£21bn; $29bn) in 2019, making it the country's fourth-biggest export after iron ore, coal and gas.
Until recently, Australia barred even its own people from leaving the country under a strategy sometimes dubbed "Fortress Australia".
The policy was praised for helping to suppress Covid, but it has also controversially separated families.
The measure was only eased in November this year, giving long-awaited freedoms to vaccinated citizens and their relatives.
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