Brits could be welcomed to Australia with open arms sooner than expected as Canberra lobbies to be the first nation exempted from the UK’s quarantine regime
- Australian government pushing for quarantine exemptions enforced in the UK
- British government pushing for mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival
- Though Australia argues citizens should be exempt on promising COVID-19 stats
- Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia leads world in containment
Australians travelling to the United Kingdom could be exempted from a mandatory 14-day quarantine as the government pushes for special privileges.
The British government is planning a 14-day quarantine for most people arriving in the country in the coming weeks to try to prevent a second peak of the pandemic, with details to be finalised next month.
Heathrow Airport has proposed Britain should set up ‘travel bubbles’ with low-risk countries exempt from the requirement.
Australians travelling to the United Kingdom could be exempted from a mandatory 14-day quarantine as the government pushes for special privileges
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham (pictured) has suggested Australians should be exempt from the quarantine on the back of promising signs the country has flattened the COVID-19 curve
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has suggested Australians should be exempt from the quarantine on the back of promising signs the country has flattened the COVID-19 curve.
‘Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world,’ he said.
‘However, transmission from overseas continues to present a risk to Australia’s ongoing suppression of COVID-19 and restrictions on travel in and out of Australia will remain for the foreseeable future.’
Mr Birmingham said Australia has no plans to open its borders to non-citizens, while all returning locals will still have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
Australia has recorded just over 7,000 cases, while the death count rose on Friday to 101 after authorities said a 80-year-old woman died from COVID-19. The unnamed woman contracted the virus in a Sydney hospital.
With fewer than 20 new coronavirus cases each day, Australia has committed to removing most social distancing restrictions by July to revive an ailing economy.
Nearly 600,000 people were forced out of work by the coronavirus restrictions in April.
Fitch Ratings on Friday downgraded its outlook on Australia’s coveted ‘AAA’ rating to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’, citing the hit to the country’s economy and public finances from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Birmingham said Australia has no plans to open its borders to non-citizens, while all returning locals will still have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival
The implementation of a three-step plan to remove the remaining restrictions is down to state and territory leaders, who have argued over the pace of reopening state borders and other issues.
Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) said on Friday it gatherings of 20 people will soon be permitted. Currently, outdoor gathers are limited to ten people or less.
NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the easing of the restrictions will boost the local economy.
‘We want to save jobs. We cannot afford to continue to have the job losses that we’ve encountered in April,’ Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.