Last month Australia introduced caps on international arrivals, as part of the country’s lockdown measures. This has resulted in nightmare situations arising where dozens of passengers are being bumped off repatriation flights at the last minute. In response, the Australian High Commission has issued a warning about the risks involved in booking these flights, saying that no charter flights are approved between South Africa and Australia at present.
Introduced on July 13, the Australian passenger cap limits weekly international arrivals into Perth to 525 people. Only 500 passengers may enter Brisbane weekly and only 450 passengers may arrive in Sydney per day. No international arrivals are presently permitted into Melbourne.
Gita Kamath, the Australian High Commissioner in Pretoria, sent out a communication on August 14 to Australians, warning them against booking repatriation charter flights between South Africa and Australia. In particular, she cautions against sharing personal information and committing funds for these flights.