Connect with us

World

After 600 days shut off from the world, Australia re-opens in a flood of emotion

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Facebook/Sydney Airport

There have been tears of joy at Sydney airport today as loved ones reunited for the first time in nearly 600 days. Sydney and Melbourne have re-opened to international travellers, permitting vaccinated Australian citizens to return without quarantine. Since the start of the pandemic, families and loved ones have been separated, with thousands of Australians stranded overseas due to one of the world’s toughest border lockdowns.

Nearly all travel into the country was stopped, earning Australia the nickname, “the hermit state”. The only way for Australians to return was to submit to a strict (and costly) 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense. According to an AFP report, Australian national Tim Turner hadn’t seen his son in over a year until he touched down at Sydney airport today. Meanwhile, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the resumption of international flights has been a long time coming.

“It’s wonderful to see Australians able to reunite with loved ones after such a long time apart.”

The resumption of international travel is expected to be gradual, given how long the border shutdown lasted. Passenger numbers were low on the first international flights to arrive in the country today. Meanwhile, the re-opening remains aimed at citizens for now, with around 1 million foreign residents in Australia still stuck and unable to travel to friends or family overseas. Furthermore, several Australian states yet to meet their vaccination targets remain closed, with mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine still in force.

SOURCE: AFP

 

Get more from The Thaiger

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Video1 hour ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Actress Forex 3D scammer released on bail after 3 months behind bars

Crime1 hour ago

Big Joke seizes Tuhao’s private jet in Hua Hin

Phuket1 hour ago

Phuket officials once again report finding no human trafficking on fishing boats

Sponsored9 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Thailand1 hour ago

South Korea increases quota of Thai workers next year

Tourism1 hour ago

Indian pervs arrested after harassing tourist in Mumbai

Vietnam2 hours ago

Province in Vietnam boosting tourism with its rich culture

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Teen girl’s ID card request denied as she doesn’t look like her mother

Crime2 hours ago

Body of missing woman found tied to water pump in western Thailand

South Korea2 hours ago

NZ suitcase murders go to court

Thailand3 hours ago

Chinese gangs in Thailand take another hit as “Tony” falls

Pollution3 hours ago

Environmental police arrest 7 over illegal dumping in Bangkok

Crime3 hours ago

Pattaya Police warn city’s taxi riders to behave after sexual assault case

Press Room4 hours ago

Thai-Italian Business Summit highlights the importance of a shared vision

Thailand4 hours ago

Percentage of HIV infections rising among young Thais

Tourism4 hours ago

TAT launches luxury travel package to Thailand for rich South Korean tourists

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending