Covid crisis: Australians trying to return home from India face up to $66,000 fine or five years’ jail

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg defends Coalition’s move as ‘drastic’ but needed

The Australian government will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India, with treasurer Josh Frydenberg defending the moves as “drastic” but needed.

The move comes after two Australian cricketers who had been in India returned home on Thursday after transiting through Qatar, despite the government earlier in the week banning all direct flights from Covid-ravaged India.

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