The Federal and State governments have announced a number of changes to in and outbound travel arrangements due to the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne Australia and concerns about increases in New South Wales.
Inbound places reduced
The Federal government has announced a decrease in the number of places available for travel to Australia over coming weeks. The decrease is a result of Victoria closing all inbound international travel and other state governments announcing lower caps on inbound traveller places.
The total number of places available announced includes:
- 3150 places per week in Sydney
- 525 places per week in Perth
- 500 places per week in Brisbane
- No places in Melbourne
Travellers are warned that the ability to cross interstate borders may be limited or prohibited and additional quarantine may be required.
Travellers entering Australia will be required to complete 14 days compulsory quarantine (except Danni Minogue) in hotels determined by the state governments. Costs will be payable by travellers from 18 July 2020.
Costs for Sydney Quarantine will be:
- $3000 for one adult
- Additional adults $1000
- Additional children $500 each
- Children under 3 no cost
Applying for inbound travel authorisation or exemption
The number of travellers applying to enter Australia continues to far exceed available places. This situation is likely to be aggravated by the announced decrease in places over coming weeks.
For Australian citizens and their immediate family members (children, spouses, legal guardians of citizens only), the ability to enter Australia remains in place. However, we have observed an emerging trend of applications by de facto partners being refused on the basis authorities do not accept relationships meet requirements, despite legal documentation such as state government relationship certificates.
For temporary visa holders, availability of places continues to be highly limited, with priority being accorded to medical service providers and limited other categories.
Outbound travel restrictions
Temporary visa holders who depart Australia are unlikely to be authorised to return at present.
Australian citizens and permanent residents are being advised that must hold an exemption based on urgent need including critical business, urgent medical treatment, unavoidable personal business, humanitarian need, or Covid response.
Authorities are warning those seeking to depart Australia to apply 4 weeks in advance.
Flight availability remains highly restricted and dynamic. Travellers should consult with providers and remain up to date on flight cancellations.
The situation remains dynamic and will continue to change over coming months. Travel into and out of Australia remains highly restricted and further restrictions are likely over coming weeks due to the increase in coronavirus cases. Anyone seeking to travel to Australia should expect significant delays.