Returning travelers should be forced to pay at least $ 3,000 for their two-week hotel week quarantine when arriving from abroad
- Travelers who return to NSW to pay up to $ 5,000 for hotel quarantine fees
- International arrivals are accommodated in accommodation free of charge
- Families pay $ 3,000 for one adult, $ 500 for children, and $ 1,000 for additional adults
Travelers returning to New South Wales from abroad pay more than $ 5,000 to complete mandatory quarantine in secure hotels.
Until now, international arrivals have been accommodated free of charge to await the two-week incubation period for coronavirus.
But New South Wales prime minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that tax funding would expire, given the time it took Australians to return home.
“Australian residents have been given enough time to return home, and we only think it’s fair that they cover part of the cost of their hotel accommodation,” said Ms Berejiklian.
Travelers returning to New South Wales from abroad pay more than $ 5,000 to complete mandatory quarantine in secure hotels. Pictured: Returned traveler in compulsory isolation at Travelodge
Returned travelers pay for the accommodation and their food, but travel expenses to and from the hotel and security are reimbursed
Families pay $ 3,000 for one adult, $ 1,000 for each additional adult, and $ 500 per child over three years old, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
All children under three are not included in the total bill.
That means a family of four – two adults and two children – will quarantine $ 5,000 for two weeks.
The changes will take effect for anyone who buys their flight home on July 12 at 11:59 PM.
People who bought their flights before the closing day do not have to pay, regardless of when their flight actually lands in Sydney.
Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Sydney will arrive at Sydney Domestic Airport on July 7
Returning foreign travelers are taken to the InterContinental Hotel for the start of their 14-day quarantine. They will now have to pay for their own accommodation
The money covers the cost of the hotel stay and all food, while the government still pays the security bill.
Queensland has already started charging returning travelers, and Victoria has temporarily suspended flights to the state with overseas arrivals to deploy funds to fight the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Families are billed at the end of the quarantine period and special attention is given to those facing financial difficulties.
Stuart Ayres, the New South Wales secretary in charge of hotel quarantine, said that most of the new cases in the state came from returning travelers.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday that tax funding would expire given the time it took Australians to return home
Passengers from Cambodia imagined boarding buses to take them to isolation at the height of the crisis in April
Five of the seven cases found on Saturday in New South Wales were among returning travelers.
“NSW police, NSW health officials and the accommodation industry will continue to work together to provide the industry-leading hotel quarantine system,” he said.
It comes when Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that he would cut international flights to the country by half to stop the spread of the corona virus and ease the pressure on the hotel quarantine program.
He announced the limit after a National Cabinet meeting on Friday, saying it would reduce the number of people who would arrive in Australia by about 4,000 a week.
“The flights will be cut by just over half in all the different ports returning residents to Australia,” said Morrison.