Australia’s travel ban on India to not extend beyond May 15

FILE PHOTO: Qantas planes are seen at Kingsford Smith International Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

Melbourne, Australia:

Australia’s temporary travel ban on India will not extend beyond May 15, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said. Repatriation flights will begin as soon as the travel ban ends. The Prime Minister also said that a decision on resumption of commercial flights from India had not been made, and that the government would take further advice on that subject next week.

The Australian government introduced a controversial travel ban on Australians who had been in India in the past 14 days from Monday. It is due to end on 15th May. According to Prime Minister Morrison, the ban is working, and it is estimated the number of active cases in Howard Springs facility is expected to drop down to 0 cases, or nearly around the number by the time the travel ban is lifted.

According to reports, there are currently 9,000 Australians in India who want to return – 900 of them are considered vulnerable. The government will be prioritising vulnerable citizens/residents first.