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A leading infectious diseases expert has described the Prime Minister’s proposed incentive of quarantine-free travel for vaccinated Australians as “not a bad concept”.

Australia’s international borders are expected to remain closed until mid-2022, according to predictions in Federal Budget papers.

However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday flagged the “next steps” towards reopening the country, noting travel and quarantine restrictions could be eased for those who are vaccinated, paving the way for foreign students and workers to enter.

Speaking to Today, infectious diseases physician Sanjaya Senanayake said the incentive would be similar to the approach other countries have taken.

“This would be consistent with what we’re seeing in countries like Germany, where over the weekend, the federal law was passed saying that if you’ve had COVID in the last six months or you’re fully vaccinated – you’re essentially free from restrictions, including being able to travel and not having to quarantine when you come back,” Mr Senanayake said.

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