Queenslanders living abroad and thinking of returning to Australia, better get a move on in booking their flights, or risk an extremely expensive quarantine.
The state government will soon charge return overseas travellers for their mandatory hotel quarantine period.
The measures, which are compulsory under the nation’s coronavirus plan, require anyone re-entering Australia to go straight into isolation at a hotel for 14 days.
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It’s all part of the effort to ensure travellers don’t have coronavirus before coming in contact with Australians.
Since the start of these measures, the Queensland government has covered the costs of accommodation, food and security for more than 6,000 international arrivals into the state.
It has so far costed a whopping $19 million.
However thanks to the measures, the seven people who’ve tested positive while in hotel quarantine were unable to spread the disease to other Australians.
But that state support is set to end from July 1, with return travellers to cover their own costs instead.
Individuals will have to pay around $2,800 for the two week period, while a family of four would have to pay $4,600.
It’s understood anyone who’s booked their flights before the July 1 date, but arrives after it, will not have to pay for their own quarantine.