Hope for stranded Aussies as arrival caps preventing them from coming home are set to increase by 2,000 a week – but some won’t make it home for Christmas
Arrival caps limiting the number of Australians who can enter the country are set to increase, giving hope to Aussies who are stranded overseas.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack on Wednesday announced he is lifting the weekly cap from 4,000 to 6,000.
He has written to state premiers telling them that their international arrival caps are increasing.
New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia will take 500 extra passengers per week, South Australia will take an extra 360 and Darwin and Canberra will take flights on a case-by-case basis.
However, Mr McCormack warned that some Australians will still be left stranded because the caps are needed to protect the hotel quarantine system.
‘Not every Australian will be able to get home by Christmas, I have always said that,’ he said.
One mother, from Perth, posted images to Facebook on Saturday of her children (pictured), including and infant, sleeping on the airport floor using winter coats for warmth