Australians To Face 5-yr Jail Or Hefty Fine If They Return Home From India
1st May 2021
The decision was based on the proportion of overseas travellers in quarantine in Australia, who have contracted the infection in India.
Threatening a five-year jail term or hefty fine, the Australian government temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they happened to be in India within 14 days of their intended arrival.
The decision was announced after a meeting of the National Cabinet on Friday and will come into force from Monday.
The move aims at keeping the coronavirus spread in check in Australia as India is facing a surge in infections cases.
The decision was based on the proportion of overseas travellers in quarantine in Australia, who have contracted the infection in India, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Failure to comply with an emergency determination under the Biosecurity Act, 2015 may incur a civil penalty of 300 penalty units, five years' imprisonment or both, an official statement from the ministry said.
The decision will be revised on May 15 following advice from the chief medical officer (CMO).
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