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Foreign Travel To Take A Gap Year Despite Vaccine Rollout

How good is travelling? Doesn’t matter who we are, we love it.

Whether we’re high school graduates taking a gap year to drink across Europe and describe it as ‘really finding myself’.

Or retirees who want to tick the Coliseum of Rome off their bucket list.

Or couples three years into a relationship that need to climb a tall metal structure in Paris to propose.

Or even a Bucks Party seeing the sights of Bali while wearing matching t-shirts with Daz’s dumb face on it.

Well, all of those worldly adventurers are going to have to take 2021 off travelling as well.

Federal health secretary Brendan Murphy has put an end to all hopes of hitting a Contiki tour in 2021 by saying that international travel was not expected to resume until 2022 even if most Australians receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions – even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” Murphy said.

He added: "It’s likely that quarantine will continue for some time. One of the things about this virus is that the rule book has been made up as we go.”

March will be the one-year anniversary of the Australian border closing to overseas visitors, and it’s looking likely to remain that way throughout 2021 and into 2022.

The idea of no international travel is a bummer for anyone hoping to get out and see the world after a year of feeling stuck inside, but it’s really heartbreaking for folks with family overseas that they’ll have to go another year without seeing.

So, when the borders are eventually opened up and we finally get to go to Germany for Oktoberfest, or hit a sake bar in Japan, or get a chance for some ski-lodge kick-ons in Canada, spare a thought and a have a drink for those whom the border closure hit hardest.

For now, though, we’ll have to swap Denmark for Dubbo and Brazil for Brisbane.