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Thousands enter Australia for ‘holidays and business’ as wait drags for stranded locals

More than 10,000 travellers entered Australia to visit friends, go on holiday or for business trips in April, putting pressure on the country’s hotel quarantine system while 34,000 citizens remain stranded overseas wanting to come home.

As hostilities between the states and the federal government over pandemic border closures escalated on Wednesday, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age obtained arrivals data from the Department of Home Affairs, revealing thousands of people are entering the country each month for non-essential purposes.

The data does not include travellers entering under the travel bubble with New Zealand.