My Government-Issued 14-Day Australia Quarantine Experience

Updated: Apr 17, 2021



Sydney, Australia

If you’re reading this you’re probably curious about Australia’s mandatory government issued 14 day quarantine. Whether you are merely curious about Australia’s extreme COVID measures or are going to have to quarantine yourself-- you’re in the right place.


I ended up having to complete the quarantine because my husband, Rasmus, got a job in Australia/New Zealand mid-pandemic. There was no getting around the solitary confinement. On my way to Australia, I read god-awful reviews of people’s hotel quarantine experiences, so I was stressed.


When I landed after my 15-hour flight to Sydney I was pleasantly surprised when our military-escorted bus pulled up to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. I’d later find out it was the first 5-star hotel in Sydney. On a normal January morning, I'd be stoked to be at this central, plush hotel.


I was quite willing to make this sacrifice to protect people who couldn't protect themselves from COVID. As much as it sucked, it was the right thing to do. I'm quite proud to be in a country that's taken the right steps to protect it's citizens!


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