Australia is preparing to reopen its borders for

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Australian federal authorities plan to reopen the country’s borders for international tourists as soon as possible, according to a statement from a government official on Sunday, following a report that foreigners will be allowed to enter Australia again until the end of February, after a nearly two-year break related to the pandemic, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with ABC TV.

“We are preparing to open the borders as soon as possible. We do not yet have all the information we need to make that decision, but we are very close, “said Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews in an interview with ABC TV.

According to the Herald Sun, foreign tourists could return to Australia in 2-3 weeks, according to a high-ranking government source, who has remained anonymous.

A government announcement could come on Monday after a National Security Committee meeting, the Herald Sun said.

Lifting restrictions on foreign tourists would boost the HoReCa sector in Australia, which has been devastated by quarantine periods and border controls related to Covid-19.

Prior to the pandemic, the tourism industry generated annual revenues of over A $ 120 billion (approximately $ 84.9 billion), and the tourism workforce accounted for about 5% of total Australian employees, according to the Australian Bureau of tourism.