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Sydney to welcome overseas arrivals without quarantine, but citizens first

Sydney to welcome overseas arrivals without quarantine, but citizens first

A Qatar Airways crew member is seen at Sydney international airport. (Photo: AFP/Peter Parks)

A sign is displayed inside the empty arrivals hall at the international airport in Sydney on Oct 15, 2021. (Photo: AFP/David Gray)

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Australians have been unable to travel internationally for more than 18 months without a government waiver, and thousands of citizens and permanent residents in other countries have been unable to return after Canberra imposed a strict cap on arrivals to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Many of these are now expected to return via Sydney, even though some COVID-19 free states in Australia have closed their borders to New South Wales.

Qantas Airways said it would bring forward the restart of international flights from Sydney to London and Los Angeles by two weeks to Nov 1 and would consider bringing forward some other destinations that had been expected to start in December.

Major airlines like Singapore Airlines, Emirates and United Airlines have continued to fly to Sydney throughout the pandemic but due to strict passenger caps, most of their revenue has been from cargo. The announcement should allow them to begin selling more seats on those flights and potentially adding more services.

New South Wales, meanwhile, reported 399 COVID-19 cases on Friday, well down from the state's pandemic high of 1,599 in early September.

Neighbouring Victoria state, where vaccination rates are lower, reported 2,179 new locally acquired cases, down from a record 2,297 a day earlier.

The capital Canberra on Friday exited its more than two-month lockdown, allowing cafes, pubs and gyms to reopen with strict social distancing rules.

The country's overall coronavirus numbers are still relatively low, with about 139,000 cases and 1,506 deaths.

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Source: Reuters/vc

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