Australian International Arrivals to be cut by 4,000 per week.


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The Australian National Cabinet has agreed to reduce International Arrivals by 4,000 per week, about half the current figure, to ease the pressure on hotel quarantine systems around the country.

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that flights returning Australian residents from overseas will be slashed in half, and passengers will have to pay for their hotel quarantine, under changes agreed to at National Cabinet.”

Sydney has already set a maximum of 50 inbound passengers per flight, and 450 inbound passengers per day. This was to control the numbers of travellers going into the costly hotel quarantine.




Western Australia has also begun to limit international arrivals to 525 per week, (75 passengers per day).

South Australia has set a limit of 500 per week.

The Australian Border Force has confirmed that the actual number of international arrivals from June 7 to July 7 was 28,069. That is an average of 936 per day.





The numbers of international arrivals to each state, with daily averages, were:

  • 14,192 in New South Wales (473 per day).
  • 5,267 in Victoria (175 per day).
  • 4,527 in Queensland (151 per day).
  • 2,509 in Western Australia (84 per day).
  • 836 in the Northern Territory (28 per day).
  • 438 in South Australia (15 per day).
  • 296 in the ACT (10 per day).
  • 4 in Tasmania (0.1 per day).

If these totals are reduced by half, the new arrival figures might be something like:

  • 237 per day in New South Wales
  • 88 per day in Victoria
  • 75 per day in Queensland
  • 42 per day in Western Australia
  • 14 per day in Northern Territory
  • 7 per day in South Australia
  • 5 per day in the ACT
  • 0 per day in Tasmania

If these totals are reduced by 4,000 per week, the new arrival figures might be something like:

  • 184 per day in New South Wales
  • 68 per day in Victoria
  • 59 per day in Queensland
  • 33 per day in Western Australia
  • 11 per day in Northern Territory
  • 6 per day in South Australia
  • 4 per day in the ACT
  • 0 per day in Tasmania
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  2. Updated at 7th August 2020.

    National Cabinet agreed that existing caps on international passenger arrivals would continue in order to manage and maintain quarantine arrangements across jurisdictions.

    Until 24 October the following will apply subject to further advice on quarantine capacity:

    Sydney – limit of 350 passenger arrivals per day;

    Perth – limit of 525 passenger arrivals per week;

    Brisbane – limit of 500 passenger arrivals per week;

    Adelaide – limit of 500 passenger arrivals per week;

    Canberra, Darwin – passenger limits on each flight to be discussed with jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis;

    Hobart – no international flights.

    The suspension of international flights into Melbourne will also continue.

    https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-7aug2020


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  4. WA received 2,700 interstate arrivals over a 10-day period in June, but in the first 10 days of July that had risen to 4,995 people.

    Dropping to 525 per week is a major drop in arrivals.

    A flight from Dubai is now linked to 10 of the 19 active COVID-19 cases in WA.

    1. This was from: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet

      From Monday 13 July, the following will apply:

      Perth – a cap of 525 international arrivals per week will apply.

      Brisbane – an overall cap of 500 international arrivals per week will apply.

      Sydney – a cap of 450 international arrivals per day will continue, as announced on 4 July with a view to further reductions in subsequent weeks.

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