The government of New South Wales (NSW), announced that travelers arriving in Sydney International Airport via international flights have to pay for the expenses of hotel quarantine starting 18th July. All the travelers traveling with International flights have to pay a minimum of 3,000 AUD for their mandatory 14-day quarantine. In the case of the passenger traveling in family, additional adults have to pay only 1,000 AUD and children age above 3 years have to pay about 500 AUD. The hotel quarantine fee includes accommodation and daily meals. At the end of the quarantine, travelers will receive an invoice to pay within 30 days.
More than 35,000 Australian citizens and permanent residents have already stayed in the hotel quarantine since the end of March. After months of paying for travelers to quarantine for 14 days in hotels, Australia will no longer foot the bill.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said during press meet “The NSW taxpayers have footed much of the bill so far, with more than $65 million spent on quarantine accommodation to house international travelers returning to Australia. Australian residents have been given plenty of time to return home and we feel it is only fair that they cover some of the costs of their hotel accommodation.” “NSW Police, NSW Health officials, and the accommodation industry will continue to work together to provide the nation’s leading hotel quarantine system.”
Australia has reported 10,250 cases of coronavirus until Tuesday 14 July 2020 and 108 people have died until now. The current active case in Australia is number to 2,307 as per Health Authority