Australia has temporarily declared the return trip from India illegal.
Following the verdict, Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in prison and fines after the government temporarily made the trip illegal.
Australian Ministry of Health, in a written statement made today; “If the passenger is in India within 14 days of departure, the Government will apply a temporary stop to passengers entering from India into Australian territory. The pause will take effect on Monday, May 3, 2021, at 12.01.
The Ministry stated that if the application is not followed, up to 5 years of imprisonment or / and fines will be imposed.
From Monday, anyone who is in India within 14 days after the passenger’s departure time will be banned from entering the country. Failure to comply with the new verdict could result in a five-year prison sentence, a fine of 66,000 Australian dollars (37,000 pounds sterling), or both. The health ministry said the decision will be reviewed on May 15th.
“The government does not take these decisions lightly. However, it is critical to maintain the integrity of Australian public health and quarantine systems and to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities to a manageable level. India reports more than 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day last week. The total number of cases in India is currently close to 19 million and more than 200 thousand people died ”expressions were used.
Australian media interpreted the ministry’s decision as “it is the first time that Australians’ return to their country will be seen as a crime.”