Australia’s strict COVID-19 border measures, which will see international tourists subject to a seven-day quarantine upon arrival, will be a “huge impediment to travel”, aviation experts have warned.
Vaccinated Australians returning home will be allowed to quarantine for a week at home instead of undergoing a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine once borders reopen on November 14.
However, Qantas boss Alan Joyce says such measures could disincentivise tourists and business travellers from entering Australia, a warning which has been echoed by experts in the aviation sector.
“That seven-day quarantine will be a huge impediment to travel,” aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas told Sky News Australia.
“Now Singapore, what they do there, which is really interesting, is you COVID test before you leave, you’ve got to be double vaccinated, COVID test on arrival, you have to then go into hotel and then, within 24 hours, they’ll text you to tell you that you’re free to get out and go but you still have to have another test at day two, another test on day six.
“Different countries have different scenarios.”