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  1. I wasn't having a go at Victorians, Marisa - I'm sure we'd have a similar situation up here if there was an outbreak. Although when they had the protests 3 weeks ago the 5G conspiracists were out in force in Melbourne, in addition to the BLM brigade.
  2. On the news this morning it stated that 60,000 Victorians had been tested but 10,000 had refused, citing their refusal to the Coronavirus not existing and a goverment conspiracy to get everyone's DNA on a database! Maybe they should change the VIC number plate slogan from the Education State to the Tinfoil Hat State?
  3. Good point - we've paid $70 for 40kg of luggage for Sydney to GC flight - although it's incomparable with $2800 quarantine charges.
  4. @Brizzie if you haven't booked your flights yet then you'd be very wise to consider booking with Qatar. They're the only airline that's kept flying from Europe to Australia throughout the crisis. I'd also book flights to Sydney to avoid the quarantine charges. Flying from Sydney to Brisbane is just a formality once you're here (3 flights a day with Jetstar at the moment), and there are likely to be more flights once the NSW-QLD border opens on the 10 July.
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    Queensland to reopen borders on July 10, but not to Victoria

    What's happened in VIC could've happened in any other state - it's just unfortunate. Although economically wouldn't it just make more sense to lockdown the whole of Melbourne as that's where all the cases are, rather than isolate the whole state from the rest of Australia?
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    Queensland to reopen borders on July 10, but not to Victoria

    Just a guess, but maybe NSW and VIC haven't closed their borders because of the effect it would have on commerce between Sydney and Melbourne.
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    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    She's doing fine, thanks Lavers. She's roughing it at the Sheraton on Hyde Park! Complaining about the lack of vegetables and spicy food, but she's getting a delivery from Woolies this arvo, so hopefully that will cheer her up!
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    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    ... good man! I imagine it would only be 'loads of spirits' that would stop me jumping out of the window after 2 weeks!
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    Queensland to reopen borders on July 10, but not to Victoria

    I don't understand why NSW hasn't also closed their border with VIC too? The spread to NSW is now inevitable as there are sure to be some who will ignore government warnings and travel from infected areas in Melbourne, if they choose. QLD will also be vulnerable as there is nothing to stop people flying from VIC to NSW, hiring a car, and then driving into QLD after the 10 July.
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    Life in quarantine (Melbourne)

    @Lavers as a matter of interest, did you have the opportunity to get some duty free in when you arrived?
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    Quarantine confusion?

    'Air-bridge to Australia' - absolutely no chance. There might have been a possibility with NZ, but that's looking unlikely given all the new cases in VIC. If the British government spent as much time and energy implementing effective policies as they do 'examining possibilities', the country wouldn't be in the state it's in!
  12. @JInOz that's correct. According to SIA, Singapore -> Sydney -> Brisbane will be the route when flights recommence, but as @Marisawright stated, returnees are required to do quarantine at their first port of entry. Maybe you will have to leave the plane in Sydney rather than in Brisbane, anyway? I wouldn't know, but it's a consideration and worth looking into before you make a decision. Queensland's quarantine cost for a family of four is $4620, significantly higher than the cost of 4 one-way tickets from Sydney to Brisbane. If you book your flights to Sydney now, the chances are that you'll not be hit for quarantine fees. Two days ago Singapore Airlines announced that Changi Airport are allowing transiting for passengers arriving from London on Heathrow, so getting from London to Sydney with Singapore Airlines doesn't look like it's going to be an issue. https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/media-centre/news-alert/?id=kataac8r
  13. @JInOz might want to look at the possibility of using their flight credit to book flights into Sydney rather than Brisbane, before NSW start implementing quarantine charges too.
  14. @AliQ I think this is a similar situation to what we had. @JInOz has had his flights cancelled by Singapore Airlines. When (s)he rebooks it will be a new booking after 17 June, and it is the rebooked flight they will look at when they arrive in Brisbane, so they may well need to pay quarantine fees.
  15. Yes, indeed - just keep your eye on the situation. Queensland have just announced they're reopening their borders on the July 10 to every state except Victoria, so if your flights do get cancelled then don't rebook flights via Melbourne!