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Kait Ludwig mostly misses the simple things. A hug with his nephew, a Canberra coffee and a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. She is relieved that after two years of travel uncertainty, she is one step closer to being reunited with her family and hometown for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic changed the world. Mrs Ludwig and other Canberrans will be able to return home from next week as Australia prepares to ease quarantine requirements and reopen its international borders. She has scanned planes daily from Manchester, where she has lived since 2014, eager to be reunited with family she has not seen since December 2019. In April 2021, after “a good year well, where she had not seen anyone , it was when it really started to become clear that … trying to get home before the end of the year would be almost hopeful, “said Mrs Ludwig. “But the fact that there is now a small chance, or you know, there is a possibility that it is a reality, it is certainly a relief, not only for myself but for Australians over here.” From 1 November, NSW and Victoria will remove caps on fully vaccinated Australian nationals and permanent residents arriving from abroad, opening seats on international flights that have been almost impossible to book. Fully vaccinated people will also avoid 14-day quarantine, which is only required to return a negative test upon arrival and prove their vaccination status. A ceiling on arrivals will remain in place for returnees who are not fully vaccinated, as will a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The ACT currently has no international flights, but a relaxation of the movement from next month will mean that fully vaccinated people who land in Sydney or Melbourne and test negative will then be able to transit to Canberra. The government has also said it will “adapt our mandatory quarantine requirements for people arriving from abroad with NSW from 1 November”. Further opportunities will arise to return Canberrans when other jurisdictions open their international borders, with Queensland scrapping quarantine for fully vaccinated returning citizens and residents when the state reaches 90 percent vaccination coverage. For Mrs Ludwig, it means meeting her nephew for the first time and hugging the family after a long separation marked by Manchester’s long and sad shutdowns. “I have my family [in Canberra] which I have not seen in a while, “she said.” And my little sister has had a baby and must have the other. I still have not met the first one. “In addition to the family and the intimacy of the home, it is the sun that pulls her back, she said:” Canberra is not the warmest, but [its] warmer than Manchester. “Ludwig has booked tickets for the end of the year and is due to return next Christmas. She said she had noticed that planes became available about a month ago, but at exorbitant costs.” So many we have just had to wait , “she said.” And we continue to wait until the first of November, hoping that more seats will mean something more affordable for people over here trying to get home. “Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID- 19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access, however, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism.If you are able to, please subscribe here.If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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