7 May 2021
Australia's prime minister said on Friday an Indian travel ban will end with three government-chartered flights to repatriate Australians by the end of May. The government has resisted mounting pressure to lift the travel ban imposed last week until May 15 to reduce infections in Australian quarantine facilities.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the 900 Australians listed as vulnerable would be given priority among the 9,000 citizens registered with authorities as wanting to come home from India. But Australians would have to provide a negative result to a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before they could board a flight. The government had yet to make a decision on when normal commercial flights from India would resume.
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