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Home quarantine makes sense


1 September 2021: Home quarantine is an important step towards getting more Australians travelling again internationally once the 80% double vaccination threshold is reached.

But in addition to making sure that international departures are not limited to the number of available hotel quarantine places, we need State Premiers to commit to honouring National Cabinet’s agreed position on the roadmap to re-opening.

Quotes from AFTA Chair Tom Manwaring:
“We are watching the current trial of home quarantine in South Australia very keenly. Home quarantine would mean an immediate boost to the number of Australians able to start international leisure and business travel because the restriction of available hotel quarantine places no longer applies. This becomes an even more compelling case for those who have been double vaxed and travelling between Australia and Safe Travel Zones.”

“At the core of this though needs to be a commitment from all State Leaders that they will stick to National Cabinet’s agreed re-opening plan beginning from the 80% vaccination threshold via Safe Travel Zones. We simply can’t have state borders snapping closed and people returning home from international travel to find themselves stranded outside their home state.”

“Australia’s travel sector has been in hard lockdown since March 2020 and consumer confidence in booking travel is already shaky at a domestic level because of the stop-start state border closures. We need Government at all levels to support Australia’s business sector and consumers with measures that promote and sustain confidence in booking their international travel with their local travel agents.”

Media Contact: LJ Loch 0488038555 lj.loch@afta.com.au