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West Australians overseas are able to return to their country without quarantining if they come through Victoria or New South Wales but face a longer wait to re-enter their home state if they cannot get an exemption.
Both eastern states are allowing travel with no quarantine requirement for fully COVID-19 vaccinated passengers as of Monday, but the jurisdictions are still considered ‘extreme risk’ by the McGowan Government which means few exemptions are approved for people to then travel onwards to WA.
But in a bright spot for West Australians stuck abroad, more returned travellers will soon be allowed back on international flights through Perth each week once the state reaches the milestone of having 70 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.
WA man Ethan Carter was not able to come directly into Perth, however, after he arrived in Sydney from Los Angeles, following two years abroad, on one of the first international flights which required no quarantining and is facing an uncertain wait to find out if he can travel west to see his ailing mother.
“I’m really scared and emotional because I want to see my mum … because the doctor said she hasn’t got long,” he said.
“She’s been in permanent care for a few years and it’s been so long since I’ve seen her and I love her heaps and I just want to get back there.”