A rule for us … Dozens of private jets carrying Hollywood executives and celebrities are allowed to ignore the closure of the Australian border and land on isolated airstrips – with 35,000 citizens still stranded abroad
- Private planes still flock to Australia despite Covid-19 border closures
- There have been 113 private charter flights landing since April last year
- Jet passengers include Hollywood stars and business executives
Mega-rich executives and Hollywood celebrities haven’t let Australia’s international border closure stop them from making a trip down, with new flight data showing 113 private jets have landed since April from last year.
The border closure by the federal government, ordered last March as the coronavirus pandemic took off overseas, is among the strictest in the world with around 35,000 Australian citizens still stranded abroad.
It prohibits all foreigners from traveling to Australia without exemption and requires Australian citizens to obtain permission to leave the country.
But despite a massive drop in commercial flights, private charters from the super-rich continue to land in Australia, most from the United States.
Very wealthy business executives and Hollywood celebrities haven’t let Australia’s international border closure stop them from making a trip to Australia, with new flight data showing 113 private jets have landed since April from last year.
US actor Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Bozan Barroso (pictured together) are among those who traveled to Australia on a private jet
Some of the biggest names to arrive in Australia on private flights include singer Ed Sheeran and Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Natalie Portman.
Movie star Zac Efron is such a frequent visitor that he has been quarantined in Australia three times.
Data from aviation analysis firm Cirium reveals that 94 of the private flights that landed in Australia between April 1 last year and May 26, 2021 were from the United States.
New Zealand and Indonesia had five private flights each, while Papua New Guinea had three charters.
In most cases, private jets also amount to private quarantine, with many allowed to self-isolate in isolated mansions.
These travelers should receive help from healthcare professionals like Concierge Doctors founder Zac Turner, who provides home quarantine medical services.
Some of the biggest names to arrive in Australia on private flights include singer Ed Sheeran and Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Natalie Portman (pictured)
Movie star Zac Efron (pictured) is such a frequent visitor he’s been quarantined in Australia three times
He told the Sydney Morning Herald business has been booming in recent months.
“Australia is certainly a very attractive destination and what we are also seeing is that more and more people from countless backgrounds come to Australia for their real work and are now settling down and bringing their families.” said Dr Turner.
The capital’s most popular destination for private planes in Australia was Sydney Airport with 13 arrivals.
But Cootamundra Airport, the NSW Riverina region, received 20 narcotic private flights.
The most frequented destination across Australia was Bunbury, Western Australia, with 22 private flights from the United States.
It is still estimated that around 35,000 Australians stranded abroad cannot return due to the lack of available commercial flights.