Australians living abroad appear to be unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they jet set off to holidays in Greece and Italy – while many back home can only travel as far as their local supermarket.
The UK has had more than 321,000 cases of the deadly virus while Australia has had just 24,000, enforcing strict lockdowns to reduce the spread.
But Aussie expats living in England have now returned to what seems to be a pre-coronavirus life, travelling to other countries and partying through a European summer.
Liz Little, an Australian living in London has taken advantage of her newfound freedom, already holidaying in Greece and Spain.
‘We went to Majorca for about four days and after that we went to Greece and fingers crossed I’m going to Italy next week,’ Ms Little told A Current Affair.
‘I realise it’s a very first world problem to have, the fact that I’m about to jet off to the Amalfi Coast but not wanting to go into quarantine when I get back.’
The UK has recently announced a list of ‘travel corridor’ countries where travellers may not have to isolate upon their return to England.
These include places like Iceland, Jamaica, Greece, Italy, Japan and even Australia.
The UK entered into lockdown in March but in July a flurry of restrictions were eased and residents were permitted to travel.
Ms Little said she’s travelling as much as she can as England is expected to be locked down once again as they head into the colder months.
‘There have been whispers of a 50 plus lockdown which would mean anyone above 50 who is a little bit more vulnerable will potentially have to shield,’ she said.
‘We’ve basically been told expect to be back in lockdown by Autumn.’
The UK suffered an explosion of cases during the outbreak of the virus and 41,000 lives were lost.
Benn Harradine, an Australian living in Sweden said people are taking it upon themselves to do the right thing.
Sweden sparked controversy after taking the herd immunity approach and refusing a lockdown.
Businesses and schools remained open as the country recorded more than 85,000 cases and 5,800 deaths.
Mr Harradine, a former Commonwealth Games discus champion, said he knew about a dozen people who had become infected.
‘They haven’t been terribly ill I would say, most of them fall between 30 and 40 years old and they’re fairly healthy,’ he said.
‘Life is manageable, we as individuals are taking our responsibilities for society.’
Mr Harradine hasn’t worked in his office since March and said although there are no fines issued by police, people are wearing masks and socially distancing.
Meanwhile back in Australia, cases are still continuing to surge in Victoria as the state battles through its second wave.
Melbourne is in the midst of a draconian stage four lockdown with residents under a strict 8pm-5am curfew.
Melburnians can only leave their homes to exercise for one hour only, to shop for necessities like food, to give or receive medical care, or for study or work.
Those who break the rules face an on the spot fine of $1,652
State borders are also shut across the country with many unable to see their families.
Australia has had 463 deaths from coronavirus.