Repatriation flights from India to resume
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the India travel ban will end and repatriation flights will resume on May 15.
Three flights will be scheduled this month, and will fly into the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin.
The facility had been upgraded to accommodate 2000 people, up from 850.
States have been asked to receive further “facilitated commercial flights”, to which NSW and Victoria have agreed, and South Australia is strongly considering.
The imposition of penalties under the Biosecurity Act “will remain unchanged” until May 15, the Prime Minister said.
Returning Australians will be required to undergo rapid antigen prior to departure.
“We’re going to have to deal with this flight by flight.”
Third country transit points will be heavily monitored, but the Prime Minister has not been advised to anticipated significant numbers.
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