The Australian government announced the tightening of border controls on India. From next Monday (May 3), all travelers who have been to India within 14 days before entering Australia will not be allowed to enter the country. Australian citizens and residents will also be denied entry. No exception. Offenders can be sentenced to up to five years in prison, or fined up to 66,000 Australian dollars, or both.
The Australian Minister of Health, Hunter, issued a statement via e-mail to make the above announcement.
Hunter said that the ban will last until May 15, when the government will re-evaluate the ban.
According to Australian media reports, there has never been a precedent in Australian history where legislation prohibits citizens from entering the country and penalizes offenders.
Due to the worsening of the coronavirus epidemic in India, the Australian government has previously announced the suspension of all direct flights from India to Australia until May 15.
Hunter said in a statement: “The government will not make hasty decisions. But Australia’s public health and isolation system must be protected to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in isolation facilities to a manageable number.”
India currently has a total of nearly 19 million confirmed cases of coronary disease, and the cumulative number of deaths has exceeded the 200,000 mark this week.
Hunter said at a press conference on Friday (April 30) that the government will assist Australian citizens trapped in India to return home and arrange a special plane to pick them up as soon as possible after May 15.