5,000 Extra Quarantine Places for Australia Arrivals


New Repatriation Flights and extra 5,000 Quarantine Places.

Eight Qantas repatriation flights are being arranged to bring people home from London, New Delhi and Johannesburg over coming weeks.

These flights will assist in allowing 5,000 extra people to be able to complete their 14 days’ mandatory quarantine at the Howard Springs facility in Darwin.

It is estimated that there are still over 29,000 Australians trying to come home, and about 3,000 of those are considered to be vulnerable, and will have first priority for these repatriation flights.


A news report states that “The quarantine facility in Darwin will process about 1,000 international returnees a month, on a fortnightly rotation of 500 people.”

This means that it will take 5 months to handle the 5,000 arrivals.

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  2. Some news snippets on this topic.

    Qantas is operating the first eight flights over the next few weeks out of London, Delhi and Johannesburg.

    The first one is expected to depart from London on Friday, with another leaving Delhi the following Monday — both carrying 175 people.

    The Government says it will underwrite the cost of flights back to Australia, but passengers will still need to purchase tickets at commercial rates.

    The Commonwealth will foot the quarantine bill for all returning Australians, but people who return via Darwin and quarantine at the Howard Springs facility will still need to pay $2,500 per person or $5,000 for a family to the Federal Government.

    The Department of Health currently expects it will cost $8,000 per person per quarantine period, with the Federal government paying the majority of this.

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