International pilots call for end to home quarantine requirements

International pilots in Queensland have called on the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements, saying they are creating a never-ending cycle between work and isolation at home.

“From the moment they leave, they are abroad at their destination and then they are put into quarantine as soon as they return home,” she said.

Ms Gazzard said the never-ending cycle between work and isolation at home is putting a strain on their mental health.
Dr. Gazzard said the never-ending cycle between work and home isolation is putting a strain on their mental health. (9 news)

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

“He wasn’t allowed to play sports, which you are allowed even if you’re a prisoner, he was just living between a hotel and a plane,” said Dr. Gaszard.

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

“An unvaccinated COVID patient can drive across the border, but the triple-negative COVID pilot must still be quarantined,” said Dr. Gazzard.

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

International pilots in Queensland are calling for the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements.
International pilots in Queensland are calling for the state to end mandatory quarantine requirements. (9 news)

Dr. Gazzard added that every time her husband returned from an international trip, he should begin two full weeks of isolation.

Quarantine requirements for international travelers and flight crew will remain until the country reaches a double-dose vaccination rate of 90 percent.

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

GP Kate Gazzard said this has been the reality of her pilot husband Tim for years.
GP Kate Gazzard said this has been the reality of her pilot husband Tim for years. (9 news)

“We’re actually looking at that very actively at the moment,” said Chief Health Officer Dr. John Gerrard.

“There was no regard for mental health, and the financial stress they’ve been through in the past few years,” said Dr. Gazzard.

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