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Australia will implement a temporary pause on direct passenger flights between India and Australia for two weeks, with consideration of further flights to be made by 15 May.
This will affect 2 passenger services from India into Sydney and 2 repatriation flights from India into Darwin
Passengers on all future flights will require a negative PCR test and a negative Rapid Antigen Test prior to uplift
Further flights to India will be considered by 15 May with a focus on supporting vulnerable Australians.
The Federal Government will provide an initial package of support as soon as possible, including:
- 500 non-invasive ventilators,
- 1 million surgical masks,
- 500,000 P2/N95 Masks,
- 100,000 surgical gowns,
- 100,000 goggles,
- 100,000 pairs of gloves,
- 20,000 face shields.
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