REVEALED: How an Australian university circumvents the coronavirus travel ban by PAYING Chinese students to exploit meshes
- Australian university offers Chinese students $ 1500 to avoid travel bans
- The ban prevents those traveling from mainland China from coming to Australia
- The Australian government has extended the travel ban on Thursday to February 29
- Western Sydney University said the 14-day stay in a third country would subsidize
- Ban can be avoided by going through countries that do not have a China travel ban
An Australian university circumvents the travel ban for corona virus by offering Chinese students to pay $ 1500 dollars to stay outside of China for two weeks.
Western Sydney University told its international students on Wednesday that it would lower the cost of airline tickets and accommodation to reach Australia via a third country.
It comes when the Australian government has extended the ban on those coming from mainland China to February 29, with an estimated 65,000 Chinese students.
Travelers are pictured with protective face masks at Brisbane International Airport on January 29. Western Sydney University has announced that it will subsidize its international students to bypass the travel ban for corona virus
Western Sydney University (photo) told its international students that it would lower the cost of airline tickets and accommodation to reach Australia “through a third country”
However, the ban can be avoided by going through a country that does not have a travel ban for those coming from China.
Those countries include Thailand, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.
In the email that was distributed online this week, the university said the payment of $ 1500 would be made upon arrival in Australia.
“We consider the approval of the Australian government to enter Australia through a third country to be an important development, offering the opportunity to arrive on time to start studying in Australia,” the email said.
The move has been praised by the Sydney Student Representatives’ Council, which said that universities that are able to subsidize travel expenses should help.
“The fact that international students pay $ 45,000 a year for tuition does not mean they always have to pay more,” said the Secretary-General of the Council, Abbey Shi. The Australian.
Travel agencies use the loophole in the travel ban by selling 14-day travel packages to intermediate countries such as Dubai.
In the email that was distributed online this week, the university said the payment of $ 1500 would be made upon arrival in Australia
One package included a stay in a four-star hotel, a personal guide and face masks.
On Wednesday, the Australian government confirmed that it would extend the travel ban on mainland China for another week until February 29.
The decision was taken on Thursday by the National Security Committee of the Cabinet as the number of infections and deaths in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the virus, continues to grow.
Foreigners – with the exception of permanent Australian residents – who have been on mainland China are not allowed to enter Australia 14 days after their departure from Australia.
AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They are treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in a stable condition.
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- She is treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He is now in quarantine at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center. He was rated good enough to stay at home.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
QUEEN COUNTRY: 5
- Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese subject was diagnosed with the virus.
- He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2
- A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
- It has been confirmed that two Australians have the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has increased the travel alarm level to ‘not traveling’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
- Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says that unless people are in contact with someone who doesn’t feel well and comes from that part of China, there is no cause for concern.
- From 15 February, 47 Australians are among 219 confirmed coronavirus cases contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.