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Reduced travel cap snuffs out expat family’s ‘beacon of hope’

Chris Smith
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Returning Australians have hit another barrier in their bid to get home, with many now feeling the effects of the government’s reduced travel caps.

Arrivals have been halved until mid-February, in hopes of lessening the threat of a highly infectious strain of COVID-19 entering the community.

Expat Tim Moore and his family are stuck in Indiana in the US, having registered to come home as a result of his father-in-law’s cancer diagnosis.

They were due to fly this week, but were told by DFAT at the weekend there was no longer a seat available for them as a result of the reduction.

Mr Moore told Chris Smith the flights “were a real beacon of hope”, with the next opportunity to return likely in late March.

“We’ll hope that my father-in-law gets a good prognosis, in which case we can leave some seats for other stranded Australians.

“These are just difficult times … if things turn out okay then we’ll be patient and not overburden the system.”

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