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Stranded Aussies facing Christmas deadline to return home

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The deadline is looming for those who have registered interest in returning to Australia, with travellers needing to arrive on home soil by December 11.

Up to 37,000 Australians stranded overseas because of the coronavirus pandemic are anxiously awaiting news about whether they'll be able to make it home in time for Christmas.

A senate committee will hear from some of those stuck citizens later today.

The deadline is looming for those who have registered interest in returning to Australia, with travellers needing to arrive on home soil by December 11.

Heathrow Airport

That will allow them to go into mandatory quarantine for two weeks, which would see them out by Christmas Day.

Around 32,000 Australians have registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to return home, a Senate estimates committee was recently told.

But the cost of hotel quarantine and expensive international airfares are making it hard for many to get back to Australia.

Planes on the tarmac at at Canberra Airport.

Caps on international arrivals is also making it difficult for Australians to return.

The Morrison government recently flagged increasing the cap of 6,000 arrivals a week, depending on capacity at quarantine hotels.

More than 400,000 Australians have returned from overseas since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/stranded-australians-facing-christmas-deadline-to-return-home/7ae4d3b5-20f2-4031-a85e-bdfaba617d1b

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