The Australian Government Locked Us in a Room for 14 Days

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

After traveling back to Australia, we arrived in Sydney and found ourselves stuck in mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine AGAIN. We've been living in a small room at Sydney Harbour Marriott without any access to fresh air or the ability to go outside of our tiny room.

Australia has had the policy in place since summer 2020 and hasn't eased up in the slightest. We were quietly hoping that the quarantine would be gone by the time we returned to the southern hemisphere for year two, but unfortunately, things didn't go our way.

At this point, we are hotel quarantine professionals. We know all the ins and outs of how to make the stay as comfortable as possible. Being stuck alone for 14 days of quarantine feels similar to solitary confinement. Both Rasmus and I concur that doing the quarantine together is much better for mental health and is cheaper.

In our first year, we were split due to border regulations, and this time, we were able to make it happen together. We documented our experience in a YouTube video and hope you enjoy it. We figure if we can stay in one room together for 336 hours that we can probably do just about anything!

Play our video below:

About Australia’s Hotel Quarantine

If you arrive from overseas in Australia, you will have to complete mandatory quarantine, with no exceptions. According to the police, Quarantine is used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The duration of hotel quarantine is for a minimum of 14 days up to 24 days. The Chief Health Officer may release a person after 14 days if satisfied that the person does not pose a risk of infecting another person with COVID-19.

In making the assessment, the Chief Health Officer must consider any testing conducted by health officials. When in hotel quarantine you will get a COVID-19 test on day two, day seven, and day 12 of the quarantine period, or at any time you first experience COVID-19 symptoms.

If the results are all negative, you will be able to leave the hotel quarantine at the end of 14 full days providing you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have been approved to do so by an authorized person.

Below is a video done by ABC News, you get some good footage of the military here. They didn't let me film them.

Q & A

Starting November 1st, 2021 hotel quarantining requirements will be easing in NSW and Victoria. To get the latest info, visit the state website you'll be flying into: 
New South Wales 

Can you get fresh air?

Absolutely not. You may not leave your quarantine accommodation for any reason.