Given the spread of Covid-19, great Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday announced a ban on non-essential international travel to and from the country until at least May 17.
Although the travel and aviation sectors were among the hardest hit during the pandemic, the ban came as the new Covid-19 virus had spread.
PM Johnson said domestic overnight stays and self-contained accommodation would be allowed no earlier than April 12 but nonessential international travel would remain banned, Sky News reported.
Highlighting the lockdown roadmap, Johnson said, “This is part of the second step of the roadmap and it will take at least five weeks after the first step – March 8 – but could be postponed if the prime minister and his advisers say it is necessary.”
He said international holiday dates were allowed before 17 May.
The government’s Global Travel Task Force will reconvene to issue a report on April 12 recommending how international travel can proceed safely, he said.
Boris Johnson said this would “give people time to work out their plans for the summer”, Sky News reported.
“As the economic sector worst affected in 2020, this will ensure we will also be the worst affected sector in 2021,” said the Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee.
“Britain and the delegated government should establish sector-specific support to help ensure there are viable airports to restart,” Dee said, adding the Prime Minister’s recognition of aviation’s important economic role, particularly for businesses that rely on access. to international markets or visitors to the UK, are welcomed.
Meanwhile, British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said it was “important for us to start looking for ways to restart travel”, adding that he was “pleased the government has acknowledged that,” reported Sky News.
He added, “We support a data-driven approach that protects public health. We want to work with a government task force on the road map now to ensure that airlines are in a strong position to support Britain as we emerge from the pandemic.”
PHOENIX – Do you want to travel this year? With more COVID-19 tests and vaccines, some are already planning their trip in the coming months, but what will the trip be like in the future? parking lot with quick test sites so that you can introduce yourself, get tested. You can get results in 15 minutes, “Keyes said. Right now, different countries have different testing and quarantine requirements. Although there has been some discussion of negative testing needed for domestic travel. , this has so far been ruled out. Keyes believes that for many countries the vaccine is a game changer. “Yes, we will allow people who have been vaccinated to bypass normal testing or quarantine requirements,” he said, that might be an option. While American tourists are still barred from traveling to most countries in the European Union, Iceland, Cyprus and Poland now allow visitors from certain countries with proof of vaccination and how would you show that proof? Keyes said it could be a vaccine passport. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is developing a so-called “travel pass”. It is a phone app that lets you see a country’s COVID requirements and store and share test results and vaccine information. IBM’s “health pass” goes further. Its website says the pass could also be used for “large-scale events such as a game, a concert or an amusement park”. The country of Bahrain has already developed a vaccination passport. Denmark, Sweden and other countries are talking about it. Vaccine passports would also be available on paper. There is a certain setback, with some calling passports unfair to countries that have to wait for vaccines. .
But this suggestion is based on a fundamental misconception about the nature of citizenship.
Citizenship rights, including the right to live in a person’s territory, are unconditional. Humans cannot lead autonomous lives if they do not have safe access to certain areas.
Why citizenship is so important
Being able to return to your home country is one of the basics of citizenship. This allows people to make plans for themselves and their families.
The stranded Australians may not be in Australia at this time, but their nationality gives them a legitimate hope that they can pursue their life plans in Australia at any time of their life.
In the same way it is legal for me, an Australian citizen based in the South of Sydney, to expect that this year I will send my daughter to an Australian school, and take my young son for weekend walks on Australian beaches, it is legal for any stranded Australian parent anywhere in the world to have that hope.
That is what makes citizenship valuable.
In announcing the recent five-day lockdown in Victoria, Prime Minister Andrews said there needed to be “cold and hard discussion” about whether there should be a much smaller arrival program based on compassionate grounds.
We cannot have a cold and loud discussion about who has more right to the core rights of citizenship if citizenship means anything.
A person who is stateless has no place where he can develop long-term projects and relationships. He cannot lead an autonomous life.
When displaced citizens are unable to return to their citizenship status, their autonomy is severely violated precisely because they cannot pursue the projects and relationships they have developed over the years.
A troubling scenario
Consider the following scenario.
Suppose the Morrison government cancels its next federal election and extends its term of office by three more years.
They do this on the basis of expert health advice: elections are very pervasive events.
If the advice itself made sense, would it be legal for the government to cancel the election?
The answer here is “no”.
Why? Some of the fundamental rights inherent in citizenship, such as the right to vote, are rights that cannot be violated by governments in liberal democracies. And they must not be violated even if the government does act to advance the common good.
The fundamental rights of citizens are just that – fundamental. People don’t have to argue that they need those rights, they should have them because they are citizens.
Imagine again, to reduce the risk of new strains, the government decided that we should stick to the next election, but limit the number of people allowed to vote.
Suppose it is decided that only people suffering from injustice are allowed to vote because their reason for bringing about change is very strong.
Or imagine that the government decides that only people who want to vote for altruistic reasons should go to the voting booth, and everyone has to stay at home.
These examples show that the core right of citizenship is not based on need or reason.
They are not like Job Seekers, childcare subsidies, or rental assistance. This is a fundamental right that is at the heart of the value of citizenship.
Once you violate a citizen’s right to vote or return to Australia, you lose the value that carries them.
That is, you throw away the value of dividing the world between groups of people who have the fundamental right to reside in a particular territory, and making political decisions about what kind of future to produce.
Once you violate the core rights of citizenship, you make the pursuit of social justice impossible. A just society recognizes that the basic rights of citizenship apply to all citizens equally, regardless of their personal situation or the reasons for exercising those rights.
Unrestricted citizenship rights vs freedom of movement
Some media outlets have compared restrictions on the number of Australians re-entering the country with similar restrictions on people traveling from one state to another.
But the analogy doesn’t fit. The right to travel between states is not like the right to reside in a person’s territory.
The claimable right of citizenship is more fundamental than the right to travel wherever he likes within a territory, as any true refugee can very well prove.
We must take care to ensure that conversations around citizenship, and returning Australians, are not hijacked by concerns around freedom of travel within Australia.
The debate we have to do is how to bring all Australians home in a way that minimizes risks to the community, and productively share responsibility for quarantine between states and the Commonwealth.
The debate we have to have is how we can make citizenship rights, which all Australians have, meaningful.
Dr Luara Ferracioli is a senior lecturer in political philosophy at the University of Sydney specializing in civic ethics, and ABC Top 5 undergraduate humanities for 2021.
An Australian couple has been forced from COVID-stricken London to frozen Texas in a desperate attempt to find their way home through a tangle of international pandemic travel restrictions.
The main point:
The couple were in the US after their flight to Melbourne on Monday was canceled due to the lockdown
Homeless and unemployed, they could not find alternative flights to Australia before April
Sarah’s mother in Victoria demands answers from the federal government
What started as a patient waiting to return home to Swan Hill, Victoria, has turned into a “cruel” experience for Sarah Reynolds-Ryan and her husband Jackson, some of the thousands of Australians stranded abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
They will arrive in Melbourne from the UK on Monday after ordering tickets two months ago, quitting jobs and giving up their flats.
But Victoria’s five-day coronavirus lockdown meant flights to Victoria were canceled and Qatar Airways offered no direct alternative destinations within Australia.
Ms Reynolds-Ryan said the next flight to Australia on any airline was to Brisbane on April 5.
“We can’t wait that long,” said Ms Reynolds-Ryan.
“When we ordered tickets [after international flights to Victoria reopened in December], we submit our notices for our jobs and flats. We started packing up our lives and selling things.
Into the ice storm
With no options to return to Australia and no home or job in the UK, Mrs. Reynolds-Ryan, a dual US citizen, chose to fly with her partner to the US to live with an aunt in Denton, Texas.
They are now facing a hurricane emergency that has sent temperatures plummeting across the US and are living without health care in a state that has recorded 2.58 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Ms Reynolds-Ryan said she hopes there will be more frequent flights to Australia from the US, which has not recorded a large number of the UK’s more contagious COVID-19 variants.
“Our plan is to be in Texas until we can go home, but my husband is here on a three month ESTA visa, so the clock is ticking,” she said.
Ms Reynolds-Ryan said she was also concerned about vaccines becoming mandatory for tourists on US airlines.
She said her husband may have to wait a long time to receive the vaccine because, as Australian citizens, US citizens will have priority.
“We just want to go home,” he said.
‘We feel left out’
Ms Reynolds-Ryan said the duo, who moved to London to live and work in mid-2019, first started trying to return home at the start of the pandemic in March because international flights were canceled.
He said the lack of assistance from the federal government was “draining and demoralizing”.
“As citizens, we feel abandoned by the government,” he said.
“Of course we support the quarantine system – the government has to protect its citizens from COVID-19.
“But we are also Victorians. I think the lack of options for arrival was excessive and unnecessarily cruel.”
Mother demands answers
Sarah’s mother, Laura Ryan, who owns a hotel in Swan Hill, said separating from her daughter amidst the global crisis was heartbreaking.
“We just feel very disappointed,” he said.
“Could it be that our flights were not diverted? Could it be that we never said that a person had a flight for five days [lockdown] will be allowed to land and enter into stricter quarantine?
Andrews: The game has changed
Announcing a five-day lockdown last week, Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews said there needed to be “cold and loud discussions” about the number of people coming to Australia as the number of the more contagious British and South African variants of COVID-19 increased.
“It is not my right to make announcements about how many Australians are returning to Australia,” he said.
“That’s for the federal government. What I’m saying is the game has changed
“Should this be a much smaller program based on compassionate reasons? That’s a conversation we have to have.”
State and federal governments were contacted for further comment.
Ms Reynolds-Ryan said she was concerned about Mr Andrews’ comments.
“We were concerned about the idea we had to sign up to go home with compassionate reasons,” said Ms Reynolds-Ryan.
“We have emailed the embassy and DFAT several times and got no response.
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday issued new guidelines for international arrivals amid the spread of the mutant variant of the coronavirus in many countries, making testing mandatory on arrival for those traveling from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
The new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will take effect from 23:59 on February 22.
In the context of the spread of the mutant variant SARS-CoV-2 in many countries, the civil aviation ministry in consultation with the ministry of health and family welfare has issued new guidelines for international arrivals, according to an official release.
Three variants, B.1.1.7 originating from the UK, B.1.135 originating from South Africa and variant P.1 originating from Brazil, have so far been detected in 86, 44 and 15 countries, respectively. This variant has shown increased transmissibility, raising fears of a spike in other cases.
The latest guide covers all international travelers arriving / transiting via flights originating from the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Although no new strains have been detected in the Middle East, travelers from Brazil and South Africa are transiting through the region to reach India. India does not have direct flights with Brazil and South Africa.
The government has suspended international scheduled flights until February 28. Overseas flights to and from India are currently operated under air bubble agreements with various countries.
Passenger Attention! All incoming international travelers (except travelers arriving on flights originating from the UK, Europe and the Middle East) must ensure that they follow the guidelines issued by @Tokopedia. pic.twitter.com/YA1qXH2Ahw
All international travelers arriving in India must show a negative RT-PCR test, which is carried out no more than 72 hours prior to travel. For travelers arriving from destinations other than the UK, Europe and the Middle East, this provision will be lifted if they travel due to urgent circumstances, such as the death of a family member.
Airlines were also asked to segregate passengers originating from the UK, Europe and the Middle East to facilitate the authorities in following the appropriate protocol. Those arriving from these countries are required to undergo a self-paid confirmation molecular test.
If anyone arriving from these countries tests positive for COVID-19, advisers say their samples will be taken for the genome sequence of the strain. If they are found to be infected with a variant strain, their treatment will be carried out in separate isolation.
India has so far reported about 11 million coronavirus cases and more than 156,000 deaths. Cases have fallen sharply since the mid-September peak of nearly 100,000 per day.