Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

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From 'SMH', just in:

"All overseas arrivals into Sydney told to isolate in wake of variant Australia has temporarily closed the door to arrivals from nine African nations, but NSW has gone one step further with 72-hour isolation announced for all arrivals, regardless of overseas origin..."
This is disturbing news. I am inflight, flew out of FRA less than an hour ago, bound for SYD, with a next day onward connection to BNK.

72 hours quarantine is a big problem if you have no fixed address in NSW.

Deja vu. On 19 March 2020 I flew into BNE via SYD and found out when I got to BKK about 14 days quarantine starting the day I arrived. The pineapple curse strikes again. :eek: :eek:

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61 passengers out of ~600 passengers on two JNB-AMS flights tested positive to COVID, authorities aren't sure which variant those who tested positive have.

That's a very high rate [10%] and those who were on the planes who initially tested negative will no doubt be at risk of being highly exposed given ~300 pax on each flight leaves little room to space passengers out. The article indicates pax were held on the tarmac for 4 hours after landing, hope those flights don't become a Ruby Princess equivalent !
 

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Ban a few countries, maybe a continent for couple weeks couple months big deal.
Hardly a panic or hysteria.

Can still travel most of the globe, economy still turning, keep employment up.

So much to play out with this new Apple Google Nokia model.
 

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This post contains information which is disputed and/or unconfirmed. Get the facts about COVID-19: https://www.health.gov.au/

61 passengers out of ~600 passengers on two JNB-AMS flights tested positive to COVID, authorities aren't sure which variant those who tested positive have.

That's a very high rate [10%] and those who were on the planes who initially tested negative will no doubt be at risk of being highly exposed given ~300 pax on each flight leaves little room to space passengers out. The article indicates pax were held on the tarmac for 4 hours after landing, hope those flights don't become a Ruby Princess equivalent !

Yet I’m quite sure not a single one of those people were “sick”. It’s a mild virus. I’ve had a sore throat this week which is no doubt worse than Covid. This hysteria needs to end.
 

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Yet I’m quite sure not a single one of those people were “sick”. It’s a mild virus. I’ve had a sore throat this week which is no doubt worse than Covid. This hysteria needs to end.
What I find rather humorous through all this scare mongering about variants.

Have we as humanity ever had a communicable respiratory disease studied as detailed, as closely, as widely as COVID-19? Doubt it. And yet somehow we are surprised that when we intensely focus on something, we find out more about it.

The reactions are the problem, not the virus.
 
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UK have gone back to PCR 2 day testing for all arrivals, rather than lateral flow.

Of course, my lateral flow test is already waiting at my parents house as it has to be purchased and paid for in advance. I arrive on Christmas Day.
 

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"The eagle has landed"?

One has to question the effectiveness of pre-travel PCR testing particularly given there are dodgy operators and/or fake certificates being offered.
 

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UK have gone back to PCR 2 day testing for all arrivals, rather than lateral flow.

Of course, my lateral flow test is already waiting at my parents house as it has to be purchased and paid for in advance. I arrive on Christmas Day.
Son and DIL are likely mid flight from Malta to UK after a week away.
 

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I have already timed my return date and made plans to do things within 72 hours after returning from the UK early next year with other fully vaccinated people on the strength of rules that started earlier this month of having no quarantine at all.

If the 72 hours of home quarantine is introduced in VIC and remains into next year this is going to disrupt my travel plans even if I test negative on every test.

It may not seem like much to some of you, but these kind of changes make it very difficult to plan trips.

That same '72 hours' is now also applicable if returning to Victoria from overseas.
 

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I wonder if people know that the next variant of concern after Omicron / Decepticon / Autobots, is probably already circulating just waiting to be found… and the next one after that…
 

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Won't apply to them. They'll be on a PLF under the old system, it's unlikely to take effect until early to mid next week.
So I understand the main difference is take the PCR by second day of arrival and isolate until negative? As Other son and DIL due to arrive on 17 Dec. Does this testing requirement also apply to children (2 year old?)
 

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So I understand the main difference is take the PCR by second day of arrival and isolate until negative? As Other son and DIL due to arrive on 17 Dec. Does this testing requirement also apply to children (2 year old?)
Correct, if in transit though the same exemptions apply (as of now). Not sure as the SI hasn't been updated yet. Unlikely to apply to children that young though if previous SI's are anything to go by.
 

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Does anyone know the detail of how the 72 hours works. I am unsure whether I can transit overnight (tomorrow) then proceed to my booked accommodation (monday) in BNK. Overnighting at Rydges at SYD International and suspect it will be booked out when I arrive so can't extend.

cheers skip
 

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Does anyone know the detail of how the 72 hours works. I am unsure whether I can transit overnight (tomorrow) then proceed to my booked accommodation (monday) in BNK. Overnighting at Rydges at SYD International and suspect it will be booked out when I arrive so can't extend.

cheers skip

I’m sorry I don’t but just wanted to express great empathy for your situation :(

Hopefully you aren’t assigned a personal supervisor from the army to ensure you isolate… ahem…. Because I’m sure many people won’t bother…
 

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How bad can this Omicron really be? Look at the stats of South Africa with other similar sized countries ~60 million. Not to mention that South Africa is only 23.8% vaccinated and it is not killing that many people. I am just so sick of the media induced panicking!
 

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