200 Australians left Bali on charter flight and landed in Darwin on Wednesday night 18/08/2021 at 7.20 PM after becoming stranded during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 186 Foreign Citizens from Australia who live in Bali returned to their country. Australian foreigners return to their home countries using a Qantas Airways charter plane via I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.. Yes, it’s true there’s repatriation. 186 Australian citizens said Stakeholder Relations Manager PT Angkasa Pura I Persero I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali Branch Office, Taufan Yudhistira .
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The new arrivals will spend two weeks in isolation at the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin’s rural area. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not said if it will organise an additional charter flight from Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia. It was also unable to provide updated numbers on how many more Australians in Indonesia are seeking to return home but has previously said it may be around 700 people.
Many Australians in Indonesia have expressed anger that the federal government has so far not stepped in to help them by sending repatriation flights to Indonesia. Earlier this year, hundreds of Australians stuck in India were rescued on mercy flights as the nation’s outbreak spun out of control. The whole embassy gets AstraZeneca, yet if you’re Australian here and you’re not part of the embassy, it’s tough luck,” Other Australians point to countries, such as France, which has supplied vaccinations to its citizens in Indonesia.
Charlie Knoles, his wife and children are one Australian family in Bali which did not manage to get a ticket on the first repatriation flight. I’m very happy for my friends who are on the flight, but it does feel very arbitrary for those of us who are left behind,” he said. There doesn’t seem to be any reason why we weren’t able to come home as well.”Mr Knoles and his family had been living in Bali for the past five years. He said at the time of the callout for Australians to come home in early 2020, he and his wife had COVID-19 so they were not able to come back.
“Ever since then, flights have been mostly impossible to get or very, very expensive to get,” he said.He said sometimes the price of flights was between $20,000 and $30,000 for a ticket.Northern Territory health authorities said the international repatriation schedule should not be affected by the current 72-hour lockdown in Greater Darwin and Katherine, which was triggered after a defence contractor tested positive to COVID-19 in the NT on Monday.