Canberra is preparing for opening the borders to Asian countries, including parts of China, Prime Minister Scott Morrison informed on Tuesday.
Taiwan, Japan, Singapore are among the countries which the Prime Minister has mentioned. He added that provinces in China might be included.
We are looking at what alternative arrangements could be had to channel visitors through appropriate quarantine arrangements for low-risk countries, Mr. Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Prime Minister did not explain how he can guarantee that only Chinese from the allowed provinces would enter, given the fact that the rampant corruption of Beijing can undermine any such barriers. Chinese can easily purchase on the black market any document they need to cheat Australia's authorities.
Critics argued that Canberra allowing the inhabitants of some provinces of China practically opens the country for all Chinese.
Communist China was one of the first countries that had entry restrictions.
The consideration of easing travel curbs comes as Mr. Morrison said Australia had gone three days without any locally acquired cases of the virus. All cases have been detected in quarantined locals who have recently returned from overseas.
Since March, the borders have been shut to all non-citizens and permanent residents, though in October, Canberra allowed New Zealand residents to enter.
Internal travel is limited, although those restrictions are scheduled to be removed by the end of the year.