Travel Daily

Parliament petitions


THE need for Australian­s to visit family and friends overseas featured prominentl­y in 12 separate petitions presented to the Federal House of Reps this week, all arguing for a clearer pathway to internatio­nal travel.

Among the demands listed were the lifting of incoming arrival caps for relatives living overseas to visit, creating dedicated quarantine facilities to cater for higher volumes of travellers, setting specific dates for reopening borders based on vaccine coverage, and mandating easier terms for fully vaccinated Australian­s returning from overseas, such as two days in hotel quarantine and a follow-up COVID test after a short period of home isolation.

Mental health concerns were also cited by most petitions as a primary driver to draw up a clearer road map to easing border restrictio­ns, with missing family proposed as the major cause.

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