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Federal government “almost certainly” lifts ban on arrivals from India within two weeks

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.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison. credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE

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.

Emergency medicines are sent from the United States to India.
Emergency medicines are sent from the United States to India. credit: Cameron Otte/AP

“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.

Federal government “almost certainly” lifts ban on arrivals from India within two weeks

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