India Flights Suspended Temporarily | Australia Further Tightens Travel Restrictions To and From India
After a meeting with the National Security Committee of Cabinet, Prime Minister, Scott Morrison yesterday announced all direct flights to and from India have been suspended until 15 May 2021 due to a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases in India.
Last Thursday, new restrictions had already reduced flights from India to Australia by 30% and limited Travel Exemptions to ‘exceptional circumstances’ to fly to India – read more here.
The latest restrictions have temporarily paused direct flights between India and Australia, as well as repatriation flights for returning Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.
Transiting flights to India through Doha, Singapore, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur have already been paused by those countries.
Other countries, such as the UK, Hong Kong, Canada and others have also temporarily banned travel from India.
The Australian Government will reassess the circumstances for the flight suspension before 15 May.
Update on WA’s Cap on International Arrivals
In other news, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced this week that the Commonwealth Government have agreed to halve international arrivals into WA to 512 people/week from 29 April until 30 May.
Mr McGowan called for the Federal Government to provide alternative quarantine facilities, otherwise he would be “reluctant to return to the full 1,025 per week cap.”
The Perth-Peel region entered a three day COVID-19 lockdown from 24 to 26 April, which also paused Travel Bubble arrangements for quarantine-free travel between WA and New Zealand.
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