International pilots call for end to home quarantine requirements

Queensland international pilots are calling on the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements, saying they are creating an endless loop between work and home isolation.

“From the moment they leave, overseas in their destination, then they are quarantined as soon as they get home,” she said.

Ms Gazzard said the endless loop between work and home isolation is straining their mental health.
Dr Gazzard said the endless loop between work and home isolation is straining their mental health. (9News)

Tim has spent more than 18 weeks in quarantine over the past year, six of which were in hotel quarantine.

“He wasn’t allowed to exercise, which is even allowed if you’re a prisoner, he was just living between a hotel and an airplane,” Dr Gazzard said.

State border restrictions will be lifted from tomorrow, meaning anyone in Australia can enter Queensland without a pass or vaccination certificate.

“An unvaccinated COVID-positive patient can drive across the border, but a triple-vaxxed COVID-negative driver should still be quarantined,” Dr Gazzard said.

“There are day trips where you fly to another country, don’t even get off the plane, go back to Queensland, and then they’re forced into a 14-day quarantine.”

Queensland international pilots are calling on the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements.
Queensland international pilots are calling on the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements. (9News)

Dr Gazzard added that every time her husband returns from an international flight he has to start another two full weeks of self-isolation.

Quarantine requirements for international travelers and aircrew will remain until the state achieves a 90% double-dose vaccination rate.

But the state government said the timetable could be brought forward.

GP Kate Gazzard said that has been the reality for her pilot husband Tim for years.
GP Kate Gazzard said that has been the reality for her pilot husband Tim for years. (9News)

“We are actively looking at this right now,” said Chief Health Officer Dr. John Gerrard.

“There has been no consideration for the mental health, the financial pressure that they have been under for the past few years,” Dr Gazzard said.

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