This weekend, as the coronavirus daily case numbers begin to diminish, Australia is now preparing for a large influx of international expats who are being forced to return home after a recent change in Indonesia’s visa conditions.
For many months, Australian’s have been allowed to live visa-free around Bali, Jakarta, and the rest of Indonesia. However, they are now being forced to apply for monthly visa extensions, which will total to be around $100 per day, or nearly $3000 a month – that amount will be roughly the same for the 14 day mandatory quarantine back home in Australia.
With that, a few thousand Australians have made the larger flight purchases and will be returning home to pay that quarantine fee instead of applying every month for an extension in Indonesia.
Western Australia in particular is preparing for those larger international arrivals.
Perth is currently limited to taking 525 international arrivals each week.
That number is expected to rise as western australia has mostly had had between 1,200 and 1,500 people in quarantine hotels, said premier Mark McGowan.
“While people have had a chance to come home, he says that “What we don’t want to have happen is problems in managing those as they have had in Victoria, and that’s really a numbers game.”
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