In order to protect its population, Australia has strictly banned those traveling from India. Those arriving from India could reportedly face up to five years in prison. India is currently being devastated by the extremely deadly COVID-19 wave, and it is devastated. Australia has tightened rules to protect itself from any outbreak of COVID-19. The rule takes effect today and applies to those who have been in India for the past 14 days.
Any traveler who violates the rule may also be fined; new rules were added to Australia’s temporary ban on leaving India, which was announced last week.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt commented that “the government is not taking these decisions lightly … However, it is crucial that the integrity of the Australian health and quarantine system is protected and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities is reduced to a manageable level.”
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt commented on the same and said that “the government does not take these decisions lightly … However, it is crucial that the integrity of the Australian health and quarantine system is protected and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities have been reduced to an acceptable level. “
The move has been criticized by human rights groups, with some calling it “outrageous” and “racist”. They believe that instead of threatening travelers with imprisonment, the Australian authorities should focus on the safe placement of Australian arrivals from India in quarantine. It is reported that this step of “imprisonment” is the first travel ban of this kind by any country.
In 2020, Australia closed its borders to non-citizens in March and still has a number of restrictions.