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What the home quarantine trial means for future travel

In September, about one hundred Aussie travellers will trial a home (rather than hotel) quarantine system. 


The trial will only be happening in South Australia most likely to Paralympians and members of the Defence Force who have been fully vaccinated in Australia and have only travelled to low-risk countries with adequate contact tracing measures. 



If the trial is successful and thus approved by Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the medical advisory body in charge of public health emergencies, other states can opt in to the program, the ABC reported. 


People participating in the trial will have to stay in their home for two weeks, but dependent on medical advice, if and when this system is adopted country-wide, the length of stay could be shortened to seven days.


But, of course, this all depends on vaccination rates. 


Tourism Minister Dan Tehan hopes the home quarantining system could be in place before Christmas travel.


"Obviously it would depend on Australians continuing to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated, and if we can continue down that track then ultimately it would be wonderful to see home quarantine being used in the lead up to Christmas," he said.


Should all go well, travellers coming to Australia but who have been immunised overseas with a vaccine that Australia recognises (currently Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson - Moderna is still yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Adminisitration) could also be allowed to home quarantine.


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Published: 12 July 2021

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