- Mar 6, 2006
True, perhaps the best word is "discourage" it rather than "prevent" it. Although one could argue there are already substantial disincentives to such actions. For one person a trip AKL-SIN-MEL could to cost up to $6000 including hotel quarantine (and that's using Scoot to travel SIN-MEL @$1400 one way). Go further the costs could end up being $10-15000....
I think they could easily just get rid of the travel ban and replace it with an outwards traveller declaration: "I understand I am choosing to leave Australia and may not be able to return in a timely manner. I will be liable to pay for hotel quarantine etc etc"
I'm really quite annoyed that the health minister said today the ban may stay in place even after everybody is vaccinated. Complete overreach for a so called free country.