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    Passport validity for Transit

    Not necessarily. Australia requires travellers from many countries to apply for a transit visa even if they're just transiting airside to New Zealand without ever passing through immigration.
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    Travel caps and Human Rights

    Because until Australia is fully vaccinated, it takes just a single person to start an outbreak. Remember that the Melbourne second wave started with a single case, as shown by genomic data. Most of Australia's death toll was caused by that one single outbreak.
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    Travel caps and Human Rights

    Queensland is unique in that they have a policy in place where every positive case is put into a hospital, regardless of symptoms or severity. This obviously increases the risk of transmission within hospitals. However, even if you do this there is still a risk of transmission in quarantine hotels prior to the patients being diagnosed and transferred to a hospital. The Brisbane Hotel Grand Chancellor is a case in point.
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    Travel caps and Human Rights

    It's easy to put people into hotels. It's not so easy to make sure that the virus doesn't leak out of those hotels.
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    Travel caps and Human Rights

    Because hotel quarantine capacity is extremely limited. The alternative of home quarantine is a difficult sell with the public. Just look at Japan which has used home quarantine for its own citizens throughout the pandemic. Now they have multiple variants of concern circulating in the country, powering its fourth wave.
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    Citizenship by descent

    There is no rule requiring 2 years of residence in Australia prior to the children's birth, the only requirement is for two years of residence in Australia prior to the children applying for their own Australian citizenship. Even that can be overridden in special circumstances (e.g., if the children are stateless).
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    Citizenship by descent

    You need to spend a total of two years in Australia as a lawful citizen before your children are eligible to apply for citizenship.
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    Citizenship by descent

    That is not the case. The parent only has to spend two years in Australia prior to the descendent's citizenship application, not before their birth: (i) the parent has been present in Australia (except as an unlawful non-citizen) for a total period of at least 2 years at any time before the person made the application; or http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aca2007254/s16.html
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    Transfers to UK-based foreign currency account

    Ask HSBC for how they can assist you with opening an account with HSBC Australia. If you're not Premier there may be a fee to do this but at least it's an option.
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    exemption to leave Qld

    Right you can't transit directly, but there is nothing stopping you from flying to NZ and then booking another ticket to go overseas: https://www.traveller.com.au/new-zealand-travel-bubble-loophole-means-australians-can-travel-to-other-countries-via-nz-h1uzn7 A spokesperson for Australia's Border Force confirmed the agreement would not see New Zealand authorities preventing Australians from travelling on to other countries. "Currently, New Zealand does not prevent Australian citizens leaving New Zealand and travelling onwards overseas, however anyone arriving into Australia or New Zealand from any other country must enter into quarantine or mandatory isolation as directed by the relevant government departments and health authorities," the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said an exemption would still be required if Australians were transiting through New Zealand to another country, but would not say how the government would define "transit".
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    To renew or not!

    There is now a backdoor out of Australia, through NZ.
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    exemption to leave Qld

    There is now a new way to get out of Australia without applying for an exemption. Simply fly to NZ and then travel abroad from there. To be safe you should book your ex-NZ flight on a different airline, because it's up to the ex-Australian airline to enforce the outbound exemption and if they see your onward travel plans they could theoretically alert the ABF.
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    New Zealand travel bubble

    I think all nationalities can travel, here is what Timatic says for a UK passport: Journey status : Conditional to board. Based on information last updated on Apr 08 2021 12:00 am GMT Sydney (NS) Kingsford Smith Airport Australia Auckland International Airport| April 19, 2021 New Zealand Please check the messages below to see if travel is permitted. Visa is not required for New Zealand. Maximum stay of 6 months. Passengers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to travel. An ETA is valid for 2 years and can be used for multiple entries. This does not apply to passengers who hold a valid visa issued by New Zealand. Passengers not holding onward/return tickets or other acceptable evidence of onward/return travel may be refused entry. Additional Information COVID-19 TRAVEL ALERTS Passengers are not permitted to enter New Zealand due to the outbreak of Covid-19. This includes holders of temporary entry visas and visa-waiver passengers, and passengers who have been issued a residence visa offshore and have not yet travelled to New Zealand on this visa, unless they have previously held a residence visa. This does not apply to: citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand, and those who are their immediate family and their visa is based on this relationship (including partner, dependent children or legal guardian); citizens and permanent residents of Australia whose primary place of residence is New Zealand; diplomats who hold a post in New Zealand; passengers flying directly from the Cook Islands or Niue who have been in either country for the last 14 days and hold the relevant visa or NZeTA; or passengers with approval issued by Immigration New Zealand. Passengers travelling to New Zealand are required to register for a Managed Isolation Allocation Voucher prior to departure at https://allocation.miq.govt.nz/portal/, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Passengers must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in New Zealand and will be tested for Covid-19 at least 3 times, within 24 hours of arrival, on day 3 and on day 12. This does not apply to passengers arriving directly from Australia, the Cook Islands, or Niue who have not been outside of Australia, the Cook Islands, Niue, or New Zealand in the past 14 days.
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    Are we mad... lol

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    exemption to leave Qld

    The outbound exemption process has been made stricter recently. It's no longer sufficient to just say that you are going out for more than three months. Now you also need to have a compelling reason and make a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration.
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    Are we mad... lol

    If you test positive you may be moved to a different hotel (so-called hot hotel for positive cases) or into a hospital if you're in Queensland. The extended stay is free for the time being.
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    Flights to UK now

    Australia certainly does: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/business-innovation-and-investment-188/significant-investor-stream#:~:text=visa (subclass 188)-,Significant Investor stream,maintain investment activity in Australia. All you need is 5 million Australian dollars invested in something as safe as Australian government bonds for four years and you'll be on your way to a PR visa.
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    Flights to UK now

    Well they already do Covid tests in the bum so why not vaccines too. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china-anal-factbox/factbox-chinas-anal-tests-for-coronavirus-upset-visitors-idUSKBN2AV0Y4
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    Singapore Airlines

    Perhaps an unintended consequence of the upcoming NZ/Australian travel bubble.
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    Is YEAR 6 same as GRADE 6 in Australia?

    The cut-offs are state-dependent. In NSW the cut-off is 31 July.
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    Getting OUT of England

    You have to book your MIQ spot before boarding your flight. As it stands there aren't any available spots for the next three months. The effective cap on arrivals in NZ is about the same as Australia, which is high when you consider the smaller population of NZ.
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    Getting OUT of England

    You don't need shipping containers for iron ore.
  23. I think the key to all this is will the vaccine be able to bring the pandemic under control in the UK, the US and even Israel? The jury is still out on this one and until we know for sure hotel quarantine is going to stay around for the time being.
  24. There is already a two-tier policy in place. It's called a travel bubble and currently only NZ is in it. Hopefully more zero COVID countries can be added to the bubble because there are plenty of them out there.
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    Non resident withholding tax

    How much did they withhold? If it's the 10% non-resident tax then you don't have to do anything. If they withheld you at the resident rate of 4X% then you need to file a claim to get it back.
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