Apple launches its online store in India

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For the first time in more than 20 years since Apple began its operations in India, the iPhone-maker has started selling its products directly to consumers in the world’s second largest smartphone market.

Apple launched its online store in India on Wednesday, which in addition to offering nearly the entire line-up of its products, also brings a range of services for the first time to consumers in the country.

Consumers in India can now purchase AppleCare+, which extends warranty on products, and access the trade-in program to get a discount on new hardware purchases. The company said it will also offer customers support through chat or telephone, and let users consult its team of specialists before they make a purchase.

The company is also offering customers the ability to pay for their new purchases in monthly instalments. TechCrunch reported in January that the company was planning to open its online store in India in the quarter that ends in September. The company plans to open its first physical retail store in the country next year, it has said.

Jayanth Kolla, chief analyst at consultancy firm Convergence Catalyst, argued that the launch of the Apple’s online store in India is a bigger deal for the company than the consumers in the country.

Apple typically starts investing in marketing, brand building and other investments in a market only after it launches a store there, he told TechCrunch.

Apple does oversee billboards and ads of iPhones and other products that are displayed in India, but it’s the third-party partners that are running and bankrolling them, said Kolla. “Apple might provide some marketing dollars, but those efforts are always led by their partners,” he said.

In recent years, Apple has visibly grown more interested in India, one of the world’s fastest growing smartphones markets. The company’s contract manufacturers today locally assemble the latest generation of iPhone models and some accessories — an effort the company kickstarted two years ago.

The move has allowed Apple to lower prices of some iPhone models in India, where for years the company has passed custom duty charges to customers. The starting price of iPhone 11 Pro Max is $1,487 in India, compared to $1,099 in the U.S. The AirPods Pro, which sells at $249 in the U.S., was made available in India at $341 at the time of launch.

More to follow…

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China says it won’t approve TikTok sale, calls it ‘extortion’

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The September 20 deadline for a purported TikTok sale has already passed, but the parties involved have yet to settle terms on the deal. ByteDance and TikTok’s bidders Oracle and Walmart presented conflicting messages on the future ownership of the app, confusing investors and users. Meanwhile, Beijing’s discontent with the TikTok sale is increasingly obvious.

China has no reason to approve the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that allows Oracle and Walmart to effectively take over TikTok based on “bullying and extortion,” slammed an editorial published Wednesday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

The editorial argued that TikTok’s success — a projected revenue of about a billion dollars by the end of 2020 — “has apparently made Washington feel uneasy” and prompted the U.S. to use “national security as the pretext to ban the short video sharing app.”

The official message might stir mixed feelings within ByteDance, which has along the way tried to prove its disassociation from the Chinese authority, a precondition for the companies’ products to operate freely in Western countries.

Beijing has already modified a set of export rules to complicate the potential TikTok deal, restricting the sale of certain AI-technologies to foreign companies. Both ByteDance and China’s state media have said the agreement won’t involve technological transfers.

The Trump Administration said it would ban downloads of TikTok, which boasts 100 million users in the country, if an acceptable deal was not reached. It also planned to shut down Tencent’s WeChat, a decision just got blocked by a district court in San Francisco.

TikTok has collected nearly 198 million App Store and Google Play installs in the U.S. while WeChat has been installed by nearly 22 million users in the U.S. since 2014, according to market research firm Sensor Tower. Unlike TikTok, which has a far-reaching user base in the U.S., WeChat is mainly used by Chinese-speaking communities or those with connections in China, where the messenger is the dominant chat app and most Western alternatives are blocked.

Right before the proposed September 20 deadline for the app bans, China’s Commerce Ministry called on the U.S. to “give up its bullying acts” towards the video app and messenger or face Beijing’s countermeasures to “safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”

After the U.S. announced a series of detrimental curbs on telecoms equipment giant Huawei last year, China vowed to publish an “unreliable entity list” targeting foreign companies and individuals that “do not comply with market rules” and “seriously damage the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises,” but it has yet to reveal the list.

September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Since 2020 Is a Write-Off, Here’s How You Maximise Your Holiday Leave in 2021

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We’re going to go right on ahead and skip 2020 because it’s zapped the fun out of a lot of things. Instead, we’re going to think positively and assume some sort of domestic travel will be possible in 2021. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to get the most out of your holiday leave and we’ve got a few easy tips to do just that.

January 2021

Let’s start off with the December and January holiday period. There are three public holidays in close proximity to each other and by taking off another three days in annual leave, you’ll score yourself 10 days off.

Christmas Day falls on a Friday so that means the Boxing Day holiday will happen on the following Monday. Take off the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (29th to 31st) in annual leave and you’ll get that Friday off thanks to New Year’s Day. Three annual leave days for 10 days off between 25 December to 3 January sounds like a dream right now.

January also offers another opportunity to take a much-needed break. It’s admittedly not as strong as the Christmas period offer but it’ll suffice if you’re competing with work colleagues for that time off. Book in Monday 25 January as well as Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 January to get yourself a nine-day break for four days of holiday leave.

March 2021

Western Australians get the first day of March off, thanks to Labour Day. You could take the Friday off to make it a four-day weekend or cash out four days to get yourself a nine-day break too.

Tasmanians, Canberrans, South Australians and Victorians all get the 8 March off so that’s a cracking time to pop in some much-needed rest.

April 2021

April, or as we know it, the month with lots of public holidays. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a long-ish holiday that won’t decimate your holiday leave balance. You just have to remember to get in early.

The Good Friday holiday falls on 2 April this year with Easter Monday on 5 April. If you take off five days — Thursday 1 April and Tuesday 6 April to Friday 9 April — you’ll get yourself 11 days off work for the price of five.

Later in the month is ANZAC Day, but it’s not great news. Like this year, ANZAC Day is only a public holiday when it falls on a weekday. If it lands on weekend day, most of Australia won’t get the day off.

This time it’s on a Sunday so those in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania will miss out. Because the legislation provides a bit of leeway if it falls on a Sunday, but not a Saturday, those in Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory will get the Monday off.

For Western Australians and ACT, your sacred holiday was never in doubt.

May 2021

May’s a big eh for public holiday lovers. The Northern Territory and Queensland both get 3 May off, a Monday, while the ACT celebrates Reconciliation Day on Monday 31 May.

So, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you know what to do.

June 2021

June is good news for anyone desperately needing a mid-year break. The Queen’s Birthday holiday lands on Monday 14 June for the country minus Western Australia and Queensland.

Take off the rest of the week to trade four annual leave days for nine days off.

Western Australians get their own long weekend on the previous Monday on 7 June.

August 2021

Northern Territorians will get Monday 2 August for Picnic Day but the rest of Australia is out of luck.

September 2021

Western Australians will get their turn at the Queen’s Birthday weekend, which lands on Monday 27 September.

October 2021

Queenslanders also get their Queen’s Birthday holiday when it finally arrives on 4 October. It’s a good opportunity to take some time off with the four-for-nine-days hack we mentioned earlier.

November 2021

November presents a last minute holiday chance for some southern Australians in the lead up to the December-January period.

For Victorians, if the Melbourne Cup holiday goes ahead, it’ll land on Tuesday 2 November. Taking off the Monday will give you a nice four-day weekend but you may as well take off the Wednesday too to give yourself a two-day working week. Treat yourself.

December 2021

Finally, we’ve rounded out the year to December. The 2021 Christmas period is a little less favourable but can still save you a few days of valuable holiday leave.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Saturday and Sunday, meaning Monday and Tuesday become public holidays. Taking off the Wednesday through Friday, three days of leave, means you’ll score yourself 10 off in total. That’s because New Year’s Day lands on Saturday 1 January 2022, giving you a sneaky extra public holiday on the Monday 3 January, 2022.


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September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

6 Surprising Food Combos That Will Blow Your Mind

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Fussy eaters, look away. 2020 is all about expanding your horizons, and what better way to do that than with an unexpected food combination that provides a new flavour sensation and improves your fave tastes? First up, the humble tropical hero – pineapple.

According to Eating Well, some people find eating pineapple an unpleasant experience due to its bromelain – a protein-digesting enzyme found only in this spiky fruit. The remedy to this mouth-watering tingle? Salt water, apparently.

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Michale Tunick, Ph.D, tells Eating Well, “salt triggers bromelain to begin working, so by the time the pineapple reaches your mouth, the enzyme has been inactivated.”

In fact, adding a little bit of salt to anything that tastes sugary “helps intensify the sweet flavour,” according to food science professor Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D.

Other Tasty And Unexpected Food Combinations

Chocolate and Avocado

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Because of its creamy texture and amount of healthy fats, avocados are often used as a vegan substitute for butter, eggs and oils in baking. Just Google ‘chocolate and avocado’ and you’ll be presented with a bevy of delicious mousse, cakes, brownies and puddings.

Earlier this year, Kylie Jenner made headlines when she went public with her controversial avocado and honey toast recipe. It might sound counterintuitive to put something savoury with something so sweet, but as with the chocolate, it’s a winning combination.

Strawberries and Balsamic

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When it comes to delicious food combos, the Italians know what they’re talking about. Just take the combination of strawberries and balsamic, inspired by a recipe which hails from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The rich tartness in a drizzle of balsamic vinegar brings out the juicy sweetness of a strawberry, setting your taste buds on fire.

Many people also macerate the strawberries in balsamic vinegar and sugar before adding a fresh chiffonade of basil – another unexpected, yet utterly delicious, flavour combination.

Banana and Bacon

It might sound like a sin to combine mushy, sweet banana with crunchy, salty bacon, but hear me out. Sweet, creamy banana cuts through the saltiness of the bacon, especially when combined with something like marmalade or maple. If you’re still shaken over this groundbreaking food combo, think of banana pancakes, or waffles with a side of crispy bacon. I’ll give you a minute to wipe your drool away. 

Prosciutto and Melon

Further proof that Italians are the masters of food is the combination of prosciutto and melon. Once again, the salty, fatty goodness of the prosciutto, combined with the delicate, fresh sweetness of a wedge of melon will confuse your taste buds in the best way possible.

Blueberry and Steak

Forget what you’ve heard – blueberries aren’t just a delicious breakfast snack. They can also be reduced into a rich, jammy glaze that goes perfectly over steak. When you think about it, meat and fruit is a pretty classic combination – mango or apricot chicken, roast pork and applesauce, turkey and cranberry. It’s just meant to be.

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Singapore-based Syfe, a robo-advisor with a human touch, raises $18.6 million led by Valar Ventures

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Dhruv Arora, the founder and CEO of Singapore-based investment platform Syfe

Dhruv Arora, the founder and CEO of Singapore-based investment platform Syfe

Syfe, a Singapore-based startup that wants to make investing more accessible in Asia, announced today that it has closed a SGD $25.2 million (USD $18.6 million) Series A led by Valar Ventures, a fintech-focused investment firm.

The round also included participation from Presight Capital and returning investor Unbound, which led Syfe’s seed funding last year.

Founded in 2017 by chief executive officer Dhruv Arora, Syfe launched in July 2019. Like “robo-advisors” Robinhood, Acorns and Stash, Syfe’s goal is to make investing more accessible. There is no minimum amount required to start investing and its all-inclusive pricing structure ranges from .4% to .65% per year.

Syfe serves customers based in 23 countries, but currently only actively markets it services in Singapore, where it is licensed under the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Part of its new funding will be used to expand into new Asian countries. The startup hasn’t disclosed its exact user numbers, but says the number of its customers and assets under management have increased tenfold since the beginning of the year, and almost half of its new clients were referred by existing users.

Other Valar Ventures portfolio companies include TransferWise, Xero and digital bank N26. In a statement about Syfe, founding partner Andrew McCormack said, “The potential of Asia as a region, with a fast-growing number of mass-affluent consumers aiming to grow their wealth, combined with the pedigree of the team and strong traction, makes Syfe a very compelling opportunity.”

Before starting Syfe, Arora was an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong before serving as vice president of product and growth at Grofers, one of India’s largest online grocery delivery services. While at UBS, Arora worked with exchange-traded funds, or ETFs.

“I could see how a lot of institutions and some ultra-high-net worth individuals who are clients of the bank were using the product, and I thought it was a great tool for individuals, too,” Arora told TechCrunch. “But what I realized was that people are actually not very aware of how to use ETFs.”

In many Asian countries, people prefer to put their money away in bank accounts or invest in real estate. As interest rates and property prices stagnate, however, consumers are looking for other ways to invest. Syfe currently offers three investment products. The first is a global diversified portfolio with a mix of stocks, bonds and ETFs that is automatically managed according to each investor’s chosen risk level. The second is a REIT portfolio based on the Singapore Exchange’s iEdge S-REIT Leaders Index. Finally, Syfe’s Equity100 portfolio consists of ETFs that include stocks from more than 1,500 companies around the world.

Other Asia-focused “robo-advisor” services include Stashaway and, and Grab Financial also recently announced a “micro-investment” product. Arora acknowledges that in the future, there may be more entrants to the space. Right now, however, Syfe’s main competitor is the mindset that banks are still the best way to save money, he added. Part of Syfe’s work is consumer education, because “it was culturally ingrained in a lot of us, myself included, to keep your money in the bank.”

Syfe differentiates with a team of financial advisors, including former employees of Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Morgan Stanley, who are on hand for user consultations. Arora said most Syfe users talk to advisors when they first join the platform, and about 20% of them continue using the service. Questions have included if people should use a credit card to invest, which Arora said advisors dissuade them from doing because of high interest rates.

“We definitely want to be a tech-first platform, but we understand there is a value, especially as you deal with some of the older audiences who are in their 50s and 60s, who are still adapting to these technologies,” he said. “They need to know that you know there is somebody out there to look after their products.”

While Syfe’s average user is aged between 30 to 45, one growing bracket is people in their 50s who are motivated to save for retirement, or want to create a supplement to their pension plan. Users typically start with an initial investment of about SGD $10,000 (about USD $7,340), and about four out of five users regularly top up that amount.

Some users have tried other investment products, like investment-linked insurance plans, but for many, Arora says Syfe is their first introduction to investing in stocks, bonds and ETFs.

“We’ve realized that a fair number of them are quite well-to-do professionals in their field, in their mid- to late 30s, who amassed a significant amount of wealth but never really had a chance to invest, or the right advice on how to invest,” said Arora. “I think this has been one of the biggest revelations for us and it made us realize we should have a human touch in our platform.”

The platform manages its products with a mix of an investment team and algorithms that help avoid human bias, said Arora. Syfe’s algorithms take into account growth versus value, the market cap of a stock, volatility and sector momentum. To balance risk, it also analyzes how individual assets correlate with other assets in the same portfolio.

Arora said Syfe is currently in advanced talks with regulators in several countries and expects to be in at least two new markets by the end of next year. It also plans to double the size of its team and create more consumer financial products.

During COVID-19, Arora said Syfe’s portfolios experienced significantly lower corrections than indexes like the S&P, so only a few users withdrew their money. In fact, many invested more.

“I feel people have been rethinking their finances and the future,” he said. “As banks cut interest rates across the world, including in Singapore, many of them have started looking at other options.”

September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Elon Musk reveals the Tesla Model S ‘Plaid’ slated for late 2021

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Tuesday the Model S Plaid, the newest variant to the company’s flagship sedan that boasts some eye-popping performance and range claims, including the ability to travel at least 520 miles on a single charge.

The Model S with this more powerful “Plaid” powertrain won’t be available until late 2021.  Tesla, however, has already opened up orders for the vehicle that starts just a skosh under $140,000.

In September 2019, Musk tweeted that “the only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid,” a teaser to a higher-performing vehicle and a nod to the movie “Spaceballs.” At the time, Musk said the new powertrain would go into production in about a year, which is right about now.

However, during the reveal, which was tucked in among the company’s so-called Battery Day, Musk announced that the Model S Plaid would go into production in late 2021. The Tesla website, which requires a $1,000 refundable deposit, says deliveries will begin in late 2021.

This new Plaid powertrain will have three motors, one more than the dual-motor system found in today’s Model S and X. The end result is a faster, longer range and more expensive version of the Model S. The powertrain produces 1,100 horsepower, achieves a top speed of 200 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 seconds, Musk said.

Last year Musk had indicated the Plaid powertrain would also be available in the Model X and the upcoming Roadster. Musk made no mention of whether these models would receive the beefier powertrain.

Musk showed a clip of the Model S Plaid at the Laguna Sega raceway completing a lap in 1:30.3. That’s a six-second improvement over a test Tesla made on its Plaid powertrain and chassis prototype last year.

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September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Tesla claims it can drive battery costs down even lower with new material science innovations

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Amid a packed afternoon of announcements from Tesla around innovations the company is pursuing to slash the cost of electric vehicle production and energy storage through better battery design, the company said it’s made new advancements in material science for anodes and cathodes — key components of the lithium-ion batteries that are the heart of all of its products.

Tesla took an all-of-the-above approach to improving its battery from the manufacturing process that is still under development to the materials used in cathode and anode, the basic building blocks of any battery system.

The upshot: a reduction in cost of the cathode and anode materials, while boosting performance that on its own could extend the range of its batteries by 20%, Tesla said.

On the anode side, the company is looking at ways to integrate more silicon into its batteries by using metallurgical grade silicon. One of the most abundant materials on earth, most of the silicon used in microchips, batteries, and even solar panels has been highly processed using expensive treatments to make it work for different applications. With batteries, the issue is its propensity to degrade when it’s fully charged with lithium.

“With silicon, the cookie crumbles and gets gooey,” said Elon Musk during the company’s “battery day” presentation. That gooeyness means that the material loses its energy retention and storage capacity. Every time a battery charges, the degradation means shorter life cycles for the battery.

That’s why most companies use some sort of treatment on silicon to make the material hardier — or use as little silicon as possible in their batteries. “They enable some of the benefits of silicon, but they don’t enable all of it and they’re not scalable enough,” said Andrew Baglino, the company’s SVP of powertrain and energy engineering.

Instead of throwing the silicon out, Tesla said it is working with a new treatment method that can take cheap, metallurgical grade silicon and incorporate that into its new battery designs.

“What we’re proposing is a step-change in capability and a step-change in cost and to go to the raw metallurgical silicon itself,” said Baglino. “Design for it to expand [and] think of it in the electrode design … If you use simple silicon it is dramatically less than the silicon that is used in batteries today.

Baglino expects that by using new treatment methods, the company could drop the cost to $1.20 a kilowatt hour.

That involves starting with raw, metallurgical silicon that’s stabilized with a low-cost, elastic, ion-conducting polymer that’s integrated into the electrode with a highly elastic binder. 

That innovation alone could increase the range of Tesla vehicles by 20%. “When we take that anode cost production, we’re look at a 5% dollar-per-kilowatt reduction at the battery pack level,” Baglino said.

But the company doesn’t intend to stop at the anode. It’s also looking at using different material science innovations to increase the efficiency of the cathode too.

Both the anode and the cathode need to be able to maintain their structure while having charged particles bounce off of them. They’re basically storage containers for electricity even as that electricity is moving around — charging and discharging.

Baglino and Musk likened the materials to bookshelves, where the charged particles are the books and the shelves are the cathodes.

Batteries in this analogy are basically libraries, where the cathodes store the books and the anodes are the librarians moving the books (energy) out into the world where they can be read or used (I think I’ve taken that analogy about as far as it can go).

“You need a stable structure to contain the ions. You want a structure that hold its shape with ion. As you move the ion back and forth you lose cycle life and your battery capacity drops very quickly,” said Musk. 

Several different materials can be used as cathodes, but the cheapest, by far, is nickel. It also has the highest energy density. But most batteries use cobalt because it’s a more stable material.

Tesla said today that it is working on a way to stabilize nickel for use as a more robust storage material. That means the nickel can store the energy (books) without the risk of toppling or degrading.

“We can get a 15% reduction in cathode dollar per kilowatt hour,” said Baglino.

Musk said that Tesla wouldn’t be throwing out its existing chemistries, but that the addition of new nickel-based batteries would enable the company to pursue some of its other goals.

“We need to have a three-tiered approach to batteries,” Musk said. “Iron — medium range, nickel manganese as medium-plus, and high nickel for the Cybertruck and the Semi.”

September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Tesla is building a cathode plant and getting into the lithium mining business

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A little more than a year ago, during Tesla’s 2019 shareholder’s meeting, CEO Elon Musk said the company “might get into the business of mining minerals used in electric vehicle batteries.”

Today, during Tesla’s so-called Battery Day event, Musk confirmed that the company is officially getting into the mining business.

Tesla has secured the rights to a 10,000-acre lithium clay deposit in Nevada, Musk said during the event.

The lithium mine is just one piece of Tesla’s broader plan to build a cheaper, more efficient battery that will ultimately allow it to lower the price of its vehicles. It’s also another example of Tesla bringing its supply chain closer to its home.

Musk and Drew Baglino, the SVP of powertrain and energy engineering at Tesla, laid out the company’s plans and progress to eventually have 10 to 20 terawatt hours of annual battery production. At the heart of that plan is a new tabless battery cell that the company introduced at the event. But Baglino and Musk outlined other pieces to this larger mission, including a new manufacturing system that is still under development and plans to build infrastructure to support it.

The lithium mine as well as a cathode facility, both of which will be in North America, will be two new additions to Tesla’s growing portfolio of factories and operations.

“We’re gonna go and start building our own cathode facility in North America and leveraging all of the North American resources that exist for nickel and lithium, and just doing that just localizing our cathode supply chain and production, we can reduce miles traveled by all the materials that end up in the cathode by 80%,” Baglino said.

Next to the cathode plant will be a lithium conversion facility, according to Baglino, who added that the company is working on a new sulfate-free process that he claimed will reduce lithium costs by 33%.

It’s unclear where the cathode plant will be located. However, if the aim is to bring the supply chain close together, it might end up being next to the plot of lithium clay that Tesla recently bought the mining rights to.

Mining the reactive alkali metal does have an environmental cost. But Musk claims the company has found a better process. Traditionally, mining lithium takes a lot of water. Miners will drill a hole in the land and pump brine to the surface where it’s then left to evaporate. What’s left is a mix of minerals like manganese and lithium salts. Those continue to be filtered until the lithium can be extracted.

Musk said they have a new process that can extract the lithium from ore using sodium chloride, or table salt.

“Nobody’s done this before, to the best of my knowledge, nobody’s done this,” Musk said, adding that all of the elements in the process are reusable. “It’s a very sustainable way of obtaining lithium.” He then said the land where the mining will take place “will look pretty much the same as before.”

September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Comic for September 22, 2020

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September 23rd 2020 Uncategorized

Everything You Need To Know About QLD And SA’s New Border Rules

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Australians are waking up to some unexpectedly good news this morning, with the announcement that Queensland and South Australia will be relaxing their border restrictions as the country continues to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

The ABC reports that South Australia’s Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrior has confirmed that the state will reopen to New South Wales travellers after 14 days of zero community transmission. 

Queensland is set to allow entry to over 150,000 people living along the state’s southern borders, and will continue to ease restrictions from Friday if there continue to be low – or no – new cases in New South Wales. Here’s everything you need to know about QLD and SA’s new border restrictions:

Can I Travel To Queensland?

QLD Border Restrictions:

ACT residents will be able to travel to Queensland from September 25, granted there are no new cases in the nation’s capital. If travelling to the ACT from Victoria, Queensland or Greater Sydney, there are still rules around visiting high-risk areas.

NSW residents living in a further 41 postcodes will be able to travel to Queensland from October 1, after applying for a border pass. Some of these newly added postcodes include Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes. QLD residents will also be able to travel to these areas.

Can I Travel To South Australia?

SA Border Restrictions:

NSW residents who have completed an online approval form will be able to enter South Australia from midnight Wednesday, September 23, and will no longer have to enter a 14-day quarantine period. However, if you’re currently self-isolating after entering SA from NSW, you’ll have to finish the fortnight quarantine. 

Victorian residents hoping to visit South Australia will only be granted entry if they are an essential traveller or live within 40km of the SA border, according to ABC.

Can I Travel To Other Australian States?

Sadly, Victorian residents are still prohibited from travelling to other states and territories unless they hold an exemption, are an essential worker, or live on a state border. 

If you want to visit Tasmania, you’ll need an exemption as a seasonal or FIFO worker – however, there have been considerations to ease border restrictions by the end of October.

It’s a similar situation for those hoping to enter Western Australia. Unless you are an exempt traveller, you must enter a 14-day quarantine period on entry. 

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