- Apr 15, 2020
Just remember all this is just for next May. Once that is over, shackles come off and we will be able to travel. Think of it less than 12 months away.Rant warning.
My personal outlook today is particularly gloomy, given the cancellation of Seat Son's flight DXB-SIN-SYD for 14-15 August. So feel free to take take my post with a grain of bitter personal disappointment.
I stand by my earlier predication of 12th of Never.
This border closure nonsense has just become totally entrenched as an acceptable or even laudable situation by cowardly politicians and fearful citizens. It is totally clear that no one in authority actually gives a stuff about how it is impacting people like me and the many others who post here with family overseas, or who are overseas and have family here. We have no rights at all; our families do not matter at all. And I'm sick to beyond saying of all the people on here who post about "wanting to travel" as equating to "wanting to see family", and then try to make out that it is selfish to want to see family. It's not selfish. Family is everything and some of us are being denied that comfort, over and over, with no end in sight.
The adoption of a hard "80% must be vaccinated" position to even open up in some way means we will all be held hostage in Gulag/Stalag/Fortress Australia by the inevitable 20% holdouts.
And now that so many children are getting it in QLD, I confidently predict that the next thing will be "oh well 80% of the eligible population have been vaccinated, but now we have to protect the vulnerable children". Then it will be "oh but now there is the Iota variant, or the Theta Variant, or the Sigma Variant, so we will all have to get re-vaccinated/booster shots" which will lead to more delays and a drop off in people's willingness to get shots as it just goes on ad infinitum into the future.
We are never going to get out of this. Well maybe in 3-5 years more we might, possibly. But earlier than that is now a 0% chance in my opinion.
The first politician to announce a hard date for opening up, or to announce "a percentage that have been offered a vaccine, whether they choose to take it or not" will get my vote.
As to your last comment, VIC, QLD and WA Premiers all stated that exact same message, all in last 2 months 'once everyone has been offered a vaccine, we need to release restrictions and allow travel'.
I'm considering booking Darwin - Milan return with Singapore Airlines now for beginning of July 2022. $1401 return with baggage, pretty good from where I sit. Fare is transferable (if I cant travel and need to extend it), if I need to home quarantine for 7 days (as I may be one of the first travellers so be it - cheap AirBNB).