• That's not how the government sees things. Currently everyone pays - Australian citizens, PR, approved categories of foreigners (international students etc.) I believe Australian citizens demonstrating genuine hardship may be eligible for a loan to cover the quarantine costs, but this must be rep...

  • My guess is the situation is the same as in Thailand. Some hotels have volunteered to become quarantine hotels, but of all the hotels available, only relatively few have been chosen (or approved) by the government. That limits incoming arrival numbers. One possible reason why not any hotel can be...

  • I don't see facility quarantine ending before Dec 31 at the very earliest, but more likely June 30, 2021 as the treasurer indicated a couple of weeks back. Unfortunately, Australia is in the same category when it comes to imposing quarantines at hotels or government facilities as New Zealand, Tha...

  • Yep, agree with all these comments. Totally clueless bureaucrats creating unworkable rules.

  • Never knew those routes even existed. Since when are there international services out of Newcastle and Dunedin?

  • PerFlyer, indeed, the Guardian's position is already known before you even read the article. I haven't read it yet but assume they're spreading fear and trying to justify their stance using spin in order to manufacture public consent to the present stringent measures. The Guardian is no different...

  • Family Christmas

    Aug 21, 2020, 10:08 PM

    Skier, you raise some good points but at this point I'm not nearly as optimistic as you are. I think domestic travel restrictions will still be in place, or at the very least, easing a little by Christmas, while quarantines on international arrivals will almost certainly still be around until at ...

  • Is Australia not offering an amnesty or automatic visa extension for foreign nationals stuck in Australia? New Zealand is, and so is Thailand. Strange, if Australia isn't.

  • China 72 hour visa exemption

    Oct 05, 2017, 08:21 PM

    Pretty sure the answer is yes. But you might want to clarify with the carrier.