Australia Reducing International Arrival Numbers

The Australian Prime Minister has announced new rules for international arrivals, from January 2021.

Mr Morrison said there will be reduced caps on international travellers entering Australia.

The revised number of permitted arrivals per week are:

  • NSW – 1,505 arrivals
  • Western Australia – 512 arrivals
  • Queensland – 500 arrivals
  • Victoria – no change
  • South Australia – 490 no change

The reduction is due to the increase in the numbers of those arriving into Australia with the COVID virus.

An example of this is the total COVID cases in Queensland, with 75% of these being International arrivals.

One of these, while in quarantine, passed the virus onto a worker in the quarantine hotel,  who then passed it on to another local.

This caused an almost immediate lockdown in the Brisbane area.

When the same happened in Victoria in 2020, the resulting cases and deaths were very high.  This caused Victoria to stop ALL overseas arrivals into that State.

Western Australia has reduced to 512, down from 1,025 per week.

The allowed arrivals in November were:

  • 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

 

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.

Queensland Border Pass Changes from 10 November 2020

More Changes to the entry requirements into Queensland.

An improved border pass system to streamline the process of entering Queensland will be introduced from Tuesday 10 November 2020.

With Queensland border restrictions on COVID-19 hotspots of Greater Sydney and Victoria remaining in place, all travellers to Queensland are reminded to apply in advance for a border declaration pass.

The upgraded system will be implemented on Tuesday, November 10, streamlining processing at border checkpoints and strengthening compliance measures.

The online application process will remove confusion around pass types by auto-selecting passes for applicants based on the information they provide.

All applicants will need to upload supporting documents for validation which may take up to three business days to be processed. Travellers should bring their hard copy documents to border control while the new system is phased in.

There is no need for people with existing Queensland Border Declaration Passes to re-apply as all valid passes will continue to be honoured.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the revamped system was designed to streamline processes while ensuring compliance with border restrictions was maintained.

“This is an automated system to remove confusion and assist in speeding up processing at the border,” Deputy Commissioner Gollshewski said.

“The improvements to the system will further reduce the risk to Queenslanders by strengthening enforcement measures on those who seek to enter our state with false declarations.

“While most people coming into Queensland do the right thing, there have been a number of instances of people attempting to blatantly disobey the directions and make false declarations.

“The new improvements address concerns and give a very clear message that if you don’t have a valid border pass, you will not be granted access into Queensland.

“We urge everyone coming into Queensland to plan ahead and make sure you apply for a border pass before your travel.”

For more information and to apply for a border declaration pass visit www.qld.gov.au/border-pass.

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.

QLD Border Restriction Changes 30 Oct

Queensland Border Restrictions 30 Oct 2020.

Border restrictions Direction (No. 16)

What will change at 3pm 30 October 2020:.

The Direction has been updated to:

  • Increase the validity of the Border Declaration Pass from 7 to 14 days
  • Allow unaccompanied minors to enter Queensland if there is a responsible adult who consents to quarantine in government arranged accommodation with the child
  • Allow disaster management workers to enter Queensland to prepare for, respond to or assist in recovery from disasters
  • Give effect to the new Disaster Management Protocol
  • Include new requirements for how people can travel to quarantine or leave quarantine for permitted purposes such as that a person travelling in a taxi must travel in the back seat on the passenger side
  • Require people in quarantine to wear a mask whenever directed to by an emergency officer
  • Not allow people who are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test to enter Queensland until they receive a negative result, unless they are entering for an essential activity
  • To clarify that as soon as a place is removed from the list of COVID-19 hotspot, you can enter Queensland even if you had been to that place in the 14 days before
  • Include 3 new postcodes in the border zone. These are Queensland postcodes that extend into New South Wales:
    • 4375
    • 4377
    • 4380

 

Source:
qld.gov.au/…/border-restrictions-30-october

New Zealanders and Quarantine in Australia

Quarantine for New Zealand arrivals in Australia.

With the travel bubble now in place for New Zealanders arriving in Australia, it is important for them to know that not all of the states in Australia are in their “Travel Bubble”.

Those who travel on to Tasmania, South Australia and West Australia, will be required to undergo 14 days of hotel quarantine on arrival.

This Travel Bubble has been arranged between New Zealand and New South Wales and the Northern Territory, allowing quarantine free travel,  one way only, into either New South Wales or the Northern Territory.

Other states, that have not signed up to this agreement with New Zealand, are free to adjust any quarantine arrangements as they require.

These arrivals must respect any travel rules from state or territories that have NOT signed up to the travel bubble.

4 Sept update on International Arrivals

National Cabinet update on the cap for international arrivals into Australia.

4th September 2020

National Cabinet conducted its fortnightly review of international air arrival passenger caps and agreed to boost the capacity for international arrivals where possible, supporting more Australians to come home from overseas.

National Cabinet noted that NSW has been undertaking much of the heavy lifting in terms of quarantine of international arrivals.

All states and territories, where possible, agreed to work with the Commonwealth to increase the number of international flights to their jurisdiction to enable more Australians to return home.

National Cabinet agreed the Commonwealth will work with airlines to identify opportunities to boost arrivals into cities with available quarantine capacity.

Gladys Berejiklian and the NSW/QLD Border.

Gladys Berejiklian and her views on the NSW/QLD Border.

4 September 2020

Six local councils from northern NSW are uniting to call for changes to Queensland’s border restrictions, which they say are “separating families” and “denying people the ability to earn a living”.

These councils need to be included in the Queensland bubble, as suggested by the Queensland Premier in July, but were blocked by the NSW Premier.

4 September 2020

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says: “In relation again to New South Wales-Queensland borders I urge the Queensland Premier to consider carefully the impact the borders are having on our citizens on either side.”

But, just 6 weeks ago, she had a different opinion.

22 July 2020

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says: “I received a letter from Ms Palaszczuk about 7pm on Monday suggesting the border be moved (for COVID only) into NSW to ease bottlenecks in Coolangatta and Tweed.”
“I wrote back yesterday suggesting that we either maintain the status quo, I am happy to move the border north, but I will certainly not subject NSW residents to further restrictions”.
“The Queensland Border is a decision for the Queensland government, so it is for them to manage. Suffice to say I did not support her suggestion that was put to me.”

 

She said in July “I will certainly not subject NSW residents to further restrictions

But in September, the people of those areas are the ones facing those restrictions.

Western Australia and their Closed Borders

Western Australia has gone 146 days now with no community transmission cases.

Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan, has made the following statements:

Forecasts show Western Australia has the most positive economic outlook of all states.

We are the state going forward most quickly.

For 2019-20, Western Australia has the only state where our domestic economy grew by 1.1%. All other jurisdictions shrunk.

This shows the positive direction WA was heading in before COVID. But it also shows that we avoided the worst of COVID and that states with closed borders fared significantly better than those with open borders.

The Western Australian model (Closed Borders) has worked at this point in time.
Lives and jobs have been saved at same time.
That’s a great outcome for our state.

The Prime Minister has announced a new model for National Cabinet which I support.
Not everyone needs to agree on everything for some states to make changes. That’s fair enough.
I made it clear that Western Australia will NOT be agreeing to a hotspot model or a hotspot definition.

Opening and closing borders just causes more confusion and it isn’t a good outcome for the state’s economy.

Restrictions on Flights into Australia.

No new bookings on some flights to Australia.

To clear the backlog of bumped passengers, both Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways have stopped taking new bookings on their flights to Australia.

This is because they already have too many passengers booked, and they need to clear the backlog before taking new bookings.

There are reports of some passengers getting bumped off flights more than a dozen times.

While Australian coronavirus restrictions continue to maintain daily entry limits, the airlines will work on clearing its backlog of bumped passengers, at around 30 to 50 passengers per flight.

New bookings, for flights to Australia, will resume when the backlog of thousands of Australians trying to return home has been cleared.