Holidays: Flight prices to Australia soar to over £6,000 as nation tightens travel rules

Holidays to some destinations are now open to Britons hoping for a break abroad. According to the Foreign Office (FCO), some of the countries Britons can now visit and not face quarantine rules on their return to England include Spain, France and Greece. Australia, which has had a relatively low coronavirus case rate is also exempt from “FCO advice against all non-essential international travel”.


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However, it might cost you a significant amount of money to get there.

According to the FCO website, “entry to Australia is closed except for Australian citizens and permanent residents or those with an exemption.”

Anyone entering Australia is subject to “a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a designated facility (for example a hotel) at their port of arrival.”

But now it seems, restrictions for travellers wishing to enter the country could become even more stringent.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced a cap on the number of arrivals into Australian airports.

The cap has been further tightened today, allowing only 350 international arrivals every 24 hours to land at Sydney Airport which is only 30 per flight.

As seats on flights become more sparse, airlines have been accused of prioritising more expensive air fares, such as business class, to make money.

One airline is reportedly charging over AUS$11,000 (£6,100) for a flight from Doha to Sydney on July 25.

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Another airline has completely stopped adverting online sales for flights once they have reached capacity.

One airline is charging £5470.95 for a one-way trip from London Heathrow to Sydney with a stopover in Doha on July 25.

While another airline is charging £5,162 for an economy ticket from London Heathrow to Sydney for the same day.

It comes as new rules introduced at the beginning of July saw only 525 passengers allowed to arrive in Perth each week from overseas.

In Brisbane the numbers were even tighter with only 500 passengers allowed to arrive.

International flights are currently banned from landing in Melbourne.

The city has been put in lockdown due to a sudden spike in cases.

Australia’s coronavirus cases are still relatively low.

The country has had 12,069 cases, at the time of writing, and only 123 deaths.

From Wednesday, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in public in Melbourne.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews announced the measure on Sunday.

He said: “It need not be a hospital-grade mask… Any face covering is better than no face-covering.”

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