Tag: South Africa

5,000 Australians to fly home in 6 months, 14 days paid quarantine in Darwin, those in UK get first preference

PM Sco Mo speaking in Cairns on 16 Oct 2020.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 16 October 2020: More than 5,000 Australians are expected to return home in the next six months on special commercial flights from UK, India, and South Africa. These are among the 29,000 Australians currently registered with DFAT wishing to return to Australia. The Australians return amid the unprecedented travel disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first two flights with Qantas will depart London on 22 October and New Delhi on 26 October. Each flight will carry 175 passengers. As more quarantine facility space has become available with fewer domestic travelers needing to quarantine, we have been working with the Northern Territory Government so Australian passengers from overseas can undertake their 14 days’ quarantine on return at the Howard Springs facility, Northern Territory, 25 kilometers south of Darwin.

According to abc.net.au the cost from the UK will be around $ 2,000 and from India a little less. People quarantined at Howard Springs will pay $ 2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families.

“Once people have completed their quarantine and tested negative for the virus they’ll be allowed to fly to their home state where, depending on the border rules, they may have to quarantine again, ” says abc.net.au.

“The Government is underwriting the cost of the flights, and airfares will be available at commercial rates to passengers, with loans through DFAT available to those who need assistance, ” says a media release from the Prime Minister’s office.

More details on the flights are available on smartraveller.gov.au and qantas.com

Electric MCG for Ind vs SA World Cup game

By Shobhit Nanda – Melbourne: After the successful India vs Pak game a week before at the Adelaide oval, Indian fans have once more turned out in numbers for the second Indian game against South Africa in the ICC world cup 2015 at the home of the cricket in Australia – the MCG.


With close to 80000 people expected to attend this blockbuster Pool B match, India has won the toss and decided to bat. The match itself may turn out to be a thriller given India has found their first victory of their Australian tour convincingly defeating the Pakistani team by 76 runs in their first game. Virat Kholi also found his form with a century in that game. South Africa will come in as the favourites given they have a killer batting lineup led by AB De Villiers and lethal bowling led by Dale Steyn.

By winning the toss and batting first India will have the best of the conditions as it is sticky 30+ degree celsius day in Melbourne. Batting first and putting up a decent first innings score will be the way to put pressure on an excellent South African batting side.