International Flights into Australia January 2021

International Flights Available to Australia in January 2021

There are thousands of Australian citizens trying to get home to Australia, together with many foreign citizens holding a visa permitting travel to Australia.

With so few flights available, many of these intending travellers are having great difficulty in finding a flight on commercial airlines.

The australianfrequentflyer website has a list of flights still arriving in Australia during January.

That list is handy as it shows the airlines still flying into the country.

Australia’s weekly international passenger arrival caps have now been reduced to:

  • 490 passengers in South Australia
  • 500 passengers in Queensland
  • 512 passengers in Western Australia
  • 1,120 passengers in Victoria
  • 1,505 passengers in NSW

Repatriation Flights going into the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin, are not counted in the above numbers, and their capacity has increased from 250 to 425 people per week.

Getting Harder to Fly to Australia.

The Dubai-based Emirates airline are stopping many of their international flights into and out of Australia.

All flights to and from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne will stop until further notice, with the last flight being into Melbourne on the 20th January 2021.

Their current schedule into Perth will remain in operation. This is a twice a week flight.

This is causing more issues for the 30,000+ Australians still trying to return home.

This will also impact immigration into Australia, with fewer flights into the country for those visa applicants who have been lucky enough to get a visa grant.

Emirates Updates:…/travel-updates

Quarantine Costs 2021

Australian Quarantine Costs January 2021

New South Wales

The New South Wales Government charges a fixed amount to contribute towards the overall costs of quarantine.

The base charge is $3,000 for one adult, with an extra $1,000 each additional adults, and $500 for each child over 3 but under 18 years of age.


The quarantine charge for Victoria is $3,000 for one adult, with an extra $1,000 each additional adults, and $500 for each child over 3 but under 18 years of age.

Western Australia

The Western Australia fee for one person is $2,520, with an additional $840 for each additional person over 6 years old n the same room. The cost for two people is therefore $3,360, for the 14 days. At the end of your quarantine period, an invoice for the fee will be provided to you. Payment is required within 30 days of the invoice date.


The Queensland quarantine fee for an individual is $2,800, with an extra $910 for each extra adult and $455 for each child between 4 and 18.

South Australia

The quarantine fees for overseas travellers entering South Australia are: $3,000 for a single person, with an additional $1,000 for each adult, and $500 for each child. Children under 3 are not charged.
Travellers will receive an invoice at the end of their stay and will be given 30 days to pay.


The Quarantine fee in Tasmania is $2,800 for a single person, with an additional $1,000 for each adult, and $500 for each child. There will be no charge for children under three (3) years of age, and accommodation charges will be capped at $4,800.
You will have 30 days from the date of the invoice to make payment.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT fee for quarantine is $3,000 for the first adult with $1,000 for each additional adult and $500 for each child aged three years or older.

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory quarantine fee for an individual is $2,500 for the full 14 day period. A family rate of $5,000 applies for family groups of two or more people in shared accommodation.

People in mandatory supervised quarantine will also be subject to testing before exiting quarantine. If you refuse a test, there will be 10 days added to your quarantine time.
If you are required to undertake an additional 10 days of quarantine, a further fee will be charged of $1,750 for an individual or $3,500 for a family.

In the Northern Territory, you will receive an invoice for your quarantine fee which will include details of how to pay. The fee will be due 30 days from the invoice date.

COVID-19 Flights from India to Australia

Flights from India to Australia during COVID-19.

This is an example of Vande Bharat Mission Flights from Delhi to Sydney, Australia, in January 2021.

It shows the capacity of each flight.

Flight Date, Number, Route and Time.

  • 03 Jan 2021 AI 0302 Delhi to Sydney 01:35
  • 10 Jan 2021 AI 0302 Delhi to Sydney 01:35
  • 17 Jan 2021 AI 0302 Delhi to Sydney 01:35
  • 24 Jan 2021 AI 0302 Delhi to Sydney 01:35
  • 31 Jan 2021 AI 0302 Delhi to Sydney 01:35

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Reduction in Overseas Arrivals into Australia November 2020

The overall drop in overseas arrivals into Australia for the month of November was a 98.28% drop in all arrivals.

In November 2019 there were 1,724,400 arrivals, but only 29,740 in November 2020.

Those coming with African Citizenship had the smallest reduction in percentage terms at 95.33%.   Those arriving with a Middle East Citizenship also had a smaller reduction than the average, with only a 96.16% reduction.

Both of these had a better result than Australian citizens who had a 97.83% reduction in the number of arrivals.

  • Africans had the smallest percentage reduction, dropping from 10,710 arrivals in November 2019 to 500 in November 2020, a 95.33% reduction.
  • Middle East nationalities were next, dropping from 9,630 arrivals in November 2019 to 370 in November 2020, a 96.16% reduction.

Other Nationalities had higher than the average reduction.

  • Europeans were next, dropping from 201,640 arrivals in November 2019 to 2,680 in November 2020, a 98.67% reduction.
  • North Americans were next, dropping from 95,300 arrivals in November 2019 to 1,020 in November 2020, a 98.93% reduction.
  • Asians were next, dropping from 471,500 arrivals in November 2019 to 5,040 in November 2020, a 98.93% reduction.
  • Central Americans were next, dropping from 1,930 arrivals in November 2019 to 20 in November 2020, a 98.96% reduction.
  • South Americans were next, dropping from 14,850 arrivals in November 2019 to 150 in November 2020, a 98.99% reduction.

Overseas Arrivals into Australia

The numbers of Overseas Arrivals into Australia is much smaller in 2020 than it was in 2019, obviously due to COVID-19.

  • In the first 11 months of 2020 there were 2,527,690 Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals.
  • In the first 11 months of 2019 there were 10,596,670 Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals.

For the months April to November for 2019 and 2020, these numbers were:

  • 2019: 7,356,810 Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals.
  • 2020: 75,300 Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals.

* COVID Travel restrictions were in effect from April 2020.

Normally there are more foreign citizens arriving, but, since March 2020, the numbers of Australian Citizens arriving has exceeded the number of Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals.

Month-Year Australian Citizen Arrivals Non-Australian Citizen Arrivals Total Arrivals
Nov-20 15,500 14,270 29,770
Oct-20 12,280 12,430 24,710
Sep-20 8,900 7,820 16,720
Aug-20 8,790 6,650 15,440
Jul-20 10,700 7,580 18,280
Jun-20 14,070 11,700 25,770
May-20 11,110 8,290 19,400
Apr-20 15,060 6,560 21,620
Mar-20 476,430 447,550 923,980
Feb-20 664,990 906,500 1,571,490
Jan-20 1,160,610 1,098,340 2,258,950
Dec-19 709,350 1,183,090 1,892,440
Nov-19 746,080 978,440 1,724,520
Oct-19 1,013,740 969,180 1,982,920
Sep-19 873,520 875,750 1,749,270
Aug-19 823,500 961,590 1,785,090
Jul-19 1,009,170 1,004,010 2,013,180
Jun-19 739,530 823,560 1,563,090
May-19 750,600 839,360 1,589,960
Apr-19 809,630 904,920 1,714,550
Mar-19 654,110 1,009,880 1,663,990
Feb-19 629,280 1,164,110 1,793,390
Jan-19 1,151,960 1,065,870 2,217,830
Dec-18 691,500 1,163,780 1,855,280
Nov-18 711,460 958,360 1,669,820
Oct-18 1,013,830 954,240 1,968,070
Sep-18 859,310 864,730 1,724,040
Aug-18 811,120 909,240 1,720,360
Jul-18 1,017,380 992,640 2,010,020
Jun-18 713,730 800,940 1,514,670
May-18 715,890 765,510 1,481,400
Apr-18 798,650 871,270 1,669,920
Mar-18 649,940 1,034,680 1,684,620
Feb-18 606,790 1,123,980 1,730,770
Jan-18 1,106,970 1,022,980 2,129,950
Dec-17 660,800 1,129,820 1,790,620
Nov-17 680,850 921,610 1,602,460


I noticed that the month with the highest number of Australian Citizens returning home is January. I wondered why at first, but then realised that many might be coming home after spending Christmas with family in their old home country.

I checked the departure numbers, and Yes, the highest number of Australian Citizens leaving Australia is in December.

Some of course might just be going overseas on normal holidays.

July and October are the next two months for large numbers returning.

January, April, July and October are the start of term months for most Australian schools.

And April is the 4th highest month for Australian Citizens returning home.

Overseas holidays taken during school holiday times does appear to be popular.

Ban on Australians leaving Australia extended.

The human biosecurity emergency period, which covers the restrictions on overseas travel, as well as other restrictions, is being extended for another three months.

This emergency period restriction was imposed on 18th March 2020.

It was previously extended on 3rd September 2020, when it was stated that the emergency period would be in place until 17 December 2020.

This has now been extended for a further three months, to March 2021.

This means that Australians, and Permanent Residents, can only travel overseas if they obtain a travel ban exemption.

Temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time, however, they will generally not be permitted to return to Australia.

The four Determinations under section 477 of the Biosecurity Act are:

  • Restrictions on the entry of cruise ships into Australia.
  • Protections for the supply and sale of certain essential goods.
  • Restrictions on overseas travel.
  • Restrictions on retail stores at international airports.

SA Suspends inbound international flights

South Australia has suspended inbound international flights.

The new COVID-19 cases in South Australia, caused by an international arrival transmitting the virus to a local worker, has caused the suspension of inbound international flights.

This is expected to include the delay of the return of international students to Adelaide.

About 300 international students were due to start returning to South Australia in November, as part of a pilot program for international students to come back into Australia. This is now likely to be delayed.

Could these student places in SA be transferred to other States? We will wait and see.

Australians now Reunited with Families.

WA opens its borders to Australia.

Hundreds, even thousands, of Australians living in the Eastern states of Australia, are now reuniting with their families in West Australia.

After 222 days, the border between WA and the rest of Australia was opened, and people could return home at last.

By 11am on Saturday 14 November 2020, over 200 people transitted by road from South Australia at the Eucla crossing with almost 100 coming from the Northern Territory using the Kununurra border post.

These were the first of about 3,000 who registered for the new G2G pass on Friday.

Eleven interstate flights were scheduled on Saturday carrying about 2,000 interstate travellers into WA, with flights from; Brisbane (3 flights), Darwin (2), Adelaide (2), Alice Springs, Hobart, Canberra and Sydney.

Arrivals that have been in Victoria and NSW recently are required to quarantine for 14 days at their home or a hotel.

Many of these arrivals have been separated from their families for over 7 months, just because they were on the wrong side of the border when restrictions were brought in.

Australian International Arrival Limits Oct/Nov 2020

Quarantine Facilities Control International Arrival Numbers.

The current caps on overseas arrivals into Australia are at least 5,825 passengers per week.

This is made up of:

  • 2,950 passenger arrivals per week into Sydney, NSW.
  • 1,025 passengers per week into Perth, WA.
  • 1,000 passengers per week into Brisbane, QLD.
  • 600 arrivals per week into Adelaide, SA.
  • 500 arrivals per fortnight in Darwin, NT. This is only for repatriation flights into the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility.

That adds up to 5,825 per week.

I have seen reports that say: “The current caps on overseas arrivals into Australia are 6,290 passengers per week.” That is 465 per week more than the above.

  • Canberra, will also accept a number but on a case-by-case basis.
  • None are allowed into Hobart, TAS.
  • None are allowed into Melbourne, VIC.

Victoria is preparing to open its borders, in some ways, from November, and this includes Premier Daniel Andrews saying that he expected Melbourne will resume accepting international travellers at the end of November.

On Thursday he said: “We should be able to hit the target we agreed to at National Cabinet to have flights returning, people reunited with their families for Christmas,” “I think it is probably toward the end of November rather than the middle, I would think.”

Arrivals from New Zealand

From 16 October 2020, some travellers coming from New Zealand do not need to complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine.

These arrivals are therefore not counted in the total permitted arriving numbers.