7NEWS understands that the federal government is aiming for a date to lift the ban on flights from India to Australia.
It is understood that the ban will almost certainly be lifted on May 15.
Additional charter flights will resume almost immediately, returning Australians stuck in India.
Most people quarantine in Howard Springs, a suburb of Darwin.
The capacity of specialized quarantine facilities will double this month to 2000 people.
It will come after the ban on travelers leaving India for Australia came into effect on Monday.
Travelers staying in India within 14 days of their expected arrival in Australia will be in breach of biosecurity laws due to the change.
Maximum penalties for violations include five years’ imprisonment or a $ 66,600 fine.
On Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison rode a wave to defend the sanctions.
“It’s been introduced here in Australia to prevent a third wave and keep the quarantine system strong,” he told 2GB radio.
“I understand that this measure has strong sanctions, but the Biosecurity Act has been in force for over a year and no one has been put in jail.”
Currently, there are about 9,000 Australians in India who are registered as wishing to return.
About 650 of them are believed to be vulnerable to COVID-19.
Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly advised Health Minister Greg Hunt to use biosecurity law.
“We want to be aware of the potential impact on Australian citizens and permanent residents as a result of flight suspensions and entry into Australia,” Kelly wrote in a letter to Hunt.
“These include the risk of serious illness without access to medical care, the possibility of Australians getting stuck in transit countries, and, in the worst case, death.”
India currently reports more than 350,000 coronaviruses per day.
Australian health officials fear that more people have not been reported.
Federal government “almost certainly” lifts ban on arrivals from India within two weeks
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