Aussies seeking to return from India in the next fortnight are staring down jail time or a fine under a controversial travel ban now in effect.
The Morrison government’s India travel ban has again been blasted as a step too far, with Labor accusing Scott Morrison of locking citizens out of the commonwealth.
From Monday, people who have been in India within the previous fortnight before their intended arrival in Australia will face a $66,600 fine as well as five years imprisonment for entering the country.
Flights from India – which recorded 400,000 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday – have also been brought to a halt until the situation is reviewed on May 15.
The unprecedented move has been staunchly defended by the government as necessary to protect Australia’s health services and quarantine program after India recorded the highest ever daily count on top of 10 straight days of more than 300,000 cases daily.
Education Minister Alan Tudge on Monday moved to allay concerns, saying the strict conditions were just a “temporary measure” based on medical advice.
“It is just to ensure that we don’t get COVID outbreaks here in Australia on a very significant scale,” Mr Tudge told Today…