The hotel quarantine will no longer be required for overseas arrivals to Sydney, or elsewhere in New South Wales for that matter, effective November 1.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced this morning at a press conference that from that date people will only be required to take a Covid-19 test before boarding a flight and showing proof of full vaccination,
âFor people doubly vaccinated around the world, Sydney, NSW is open for business,â he said. “The quarantine at the hotel will be a thing of the past.”
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“We are sending a very clear signal that the future of hotel quarantine will end for people (who) are double vaccinated,” NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said today.
The state is also set to reopen its international borders once it hits the milestone of 80% full vaccines, which is now slated for late October – with home isolation shaping up as an option for “Australians returning home via Sydney Airport (and) also our citizens having the opportunity to go abroad when they previously could not,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce welcomed the state’s announcement, saying that “we are working closely with the Federal and New South Wales governments on how we can safely move to the home quarantine, which is an important stepping stone in restarting international passenger services â.
The first step in NSW’s release of the hotel quarantine model will involve a small home quarantine trial, in which 175 returning travelers will self-isolate at their homes for seven days, rather than in a hotel for two weeks.
Those selected for the pilot program will include a mix of crew from Qantas, NSW residents and non-Australian residents who have a suitable place to spend their week of self-isolation.
The trial will “use technology, in particular facial recognition and location-based service applications on your phone to allow police and health (officials) to continue to monitor a person during their home quarantine.”
Of the 175 people selected for the pilot, 50 will be Qantas crews, with the remaining 125 being regular travelers who would be selected prior to their arrival in Australia.
On arrival, transportation between the airport and the traveller’s home would be arranged by NSW Health during the trial phase, to avoid the use of taxis and carpooling services.
“This is very good news for our crews who have flown overseas to bring Australians home and carry essential cargo, racking up months of quarantine since the start of the pandemic,” Joyce said.
âThey are all fully vaccinated and it will make a real difference in their lives to be able to quarantine themselves in their own homes and cut the length of their isolation in half.
A timeline for wider use of the home quarantine in New South Wales has not yet been identified, but the trial will initially last four weeks, with around 40 travelers participating in the trial each week.
Today’s National Cabinet meeting will discuss wider adoption by states of home quarantine for fully vaccinated Australians returning from overseas.
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