People Flying Into Queensland Will Have To Pay $2,800 To Quarantine For Two Weeks
People flying into Queensland will soon have to pay as much as $2,800 for their two-week quarantine.
Anyone who has travelled to Australia over the past few weeks have been funnelled into dedicated hotels and bases to allow them to self-isolate for a fortnight, as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
Previously, people haven't had to pay for the fortnight's board, but that's about to change.
Authorities in the Sunshine State will now make arrivals pay for their time in the hotels and other places - and it isn't cheap.
For adults, it will be $2,800, which includes $910 for food. It's cheaper if you arrive as a couple, which will be $3,710, and a family of four will be whacked with a $4,620 bill.
The Queensland Government website highlights the need to stop relying on taxpayers to fund these quarantine measures and start putting the onus on arrivals.
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"To date, the Queensland Government has spent more than $19 million accommodating international arrivals," the website states.
"We project that figure to surpass $24 million by June 30. This was a critical measure to prevent Covid-19 but it also has been a costly measure to the public."
Australians returning home will also be prevented from selecting an option to quarantine at home.
"This is due to the significant health risk that cannot be appropriately managed at other residences or accommodation providers," the website states.
"The risk of quarantine not being strictly followed and the ability for people to mix more easily in the community creates an unacceptable risk of Covid-19 transmission in the community."
If you can prove that you booked your travel home before 17 June then you will be exempt from the new rules, however if you can't then you'll have to pay the full whack.
People coming into New South Wales and Victoria will still get the fortnight stay for free, although the National Cabinet is considering changing that.
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