Melbourne will resume international flights from 7 December, after suspending flights for more than four months to reset the state’s quarantine program.
Australians returning home to Melbourne will be required to undergo a coronavirus test before they board their flight and confirmed COVID-19 cases will be corralled into “hot” hotels when international flights resume next month.
Premier Daniel Andrews said Victorian government officials are undertaking a test run of the revamped hotel quarantine system to understand and mitigate the associated risks, as he ruled out a home-based isolation scheme for low-risk travellers.
Under the nationwide system of limiting arrivals, Melbourne will see an initial cap of 160 passengers a day or 1,120 per week.
By comparison, Sydney currently accepts 2,950 passengers per week, with around 1,000 per week at Brisbane and Perth.