COVID-19: Government limiting number of citizens, residents permitted to return

14 Jul 20

AUSTRALIA

IMPACT – HIGH

The National Cabinet has announced that reducing the number of citizens and residents returning each week will ease pressure on state and territory coronavirus quarantine systems and free up resources to focus on testing and tracing.

Key Points:

  • The number of Australian citizens and residents allowed into Australia will be reduced from approximately 7,000 to 4,000 each week, effective July 13.
  • Access to Australia will continue, but the number of available seats on flights will be reduced.
  • Individuals arriving in Australia are still required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine in a designated facility.
  • All jurisdictions will begin charging individuals arriving in Australia with the cost of the mandatory quarantine. The costs vary between states but will be approximately $3,000 for an adult or $5,000 for a family of two adults and two children.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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