An illegal immigrant has been escorted from a Perth quarantine hotel after border force officials realised he wasn’t even supposed to be in Australia.
The man had been staying at the Intercontinental, in the centre of Perth, until yesterday afternoon before three officers, dressed in Hazmat suits removed him from his room.
The Intercontinental is being used by the West Australian government for its “high risk” returned travellers or those deemed a flight risk.
Australian Border Force (ABF) confirmed the man had spent the night in ABF custody and will be deported from the country.
“The Australian Border Force can confirm a man who travelled to Western Australia from interstate and was in hotel quarantine in Perth has been detained as an unlawful non-citizen,” a spokesperson said.
“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa, and who do not have a lawful basis for remaining in Australia, will be liable for detention and removal from Australia as soon as practicable, pending resolution of any ongoing matters.”
Photos taken from outside the hotel, obtained by The West, showed the three suited-up officers removing the man.
A West Australian police officer walked close behind while the man, wearing a face shield, walked in the middle of the group.
It’s understood the man flew into Perth on Monday from Sydney and was immediately taken into hotel quarantine at the Intercontinental.
After further investigation, officers discovered the man had made it into Perth without a travel exemption. That investigation then revealed the man had managed to enter Australia illegally and did not have a visa.
The officers acted swiftly and removed him from the hotel yesterday.
Western Australia has had some of the strictest border measures in Australia since the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Australian Defence Force members have been assisting West Australian Police and private security firms in hotel quarantine.
Last month, West Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the ADF had been added for extra security.
“It’s just about another layer of security, it’s another layer of protection,” he said.
“It’s mainly an introduction role in the foyers and the outside areas of the hotels, so when people arrive to go into quarantine the ADF is there to greet them.”
The Intercontinental is Perth’s high-security hotel with extra police and extra security to ensure no-one is able to leave their rooms for the mandated two weeks.