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British grandmother, 64, stranded in UK for two years due to Covid travel ban finally flies home to Australia after being here so long bought a HOME

  • Grandma stranded in UK for two years finally flies home to Australia
  • Diane Vennix, 64, was incarcerated for so long that she even bought a house in Salford
  • British grandmother flew to Manchester in February 2020 to meet grandchildren
  • She lives in Melbourne, Victoria, which is severely restricted










A British grandmother who was stranded in the UK for nearly two years due to Covid restrictions is finally flying home to Australia.

Born in Salford but living in Melbourne with her husband Martin, Diane Vennix was trapped in Britain for so long due to travel restrictions that she even bought a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Salford.

The 64-year-old originally flew to Manchester in February 2020 to help her children Joanne and Christopher prepare for the birth of her two new grandchildren.

But Ms Vennix got ‘trapped’ here after much of the planet was shut down due to the pandemic.

The grandmother lives in Melbourne in the state of Victoria, which has experienced some of the toughest restrictions in the world and whose Prime Minister, Dan Andrews, has just been given a crucial vote for a controversial bill that would give him the power to unilaterally impose restrictions.

Ms Vennix is ​​now flying back to Melbourne today after Victoria reopened her borders in early November.

Diane Vennix (center), in the photo with her grandchildren Jacob and Amber

Ms Vennix was born in Salford but lives in Melbourne with her husband Martin

Ms Vennix was born in Salford but lives in Melbourne with her husband Martin

Victoria’s Covid rules require all international rivals to self-isolate for 72 hours. All travelers must have an international passenger travel authorization and pass a PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in the state. They must take another test between the fifth or seventh day after arrival. Non-vaccinated travelers must remain in hotel quarantine for 14 days.

She said: ‘When the lockdown happened, I actually got stuck here. At first I wasn’t too worried, I thought, “Oh, I’ll be able to get a flight soon” but the months went by and it didn’t happen.

“I had always intended to stay with friends and family, but it got to the point where I felt I was no longer welcome.

“That’s when I started looking at buying a house, although that was also a bit of a shock because it was when house prices went crazy. But in the end I managed to get a three bed semi in Eccles in November 2020.

Mrs Vennix (center), pictured with her children Christopher and Joanne

Mrs Vennix (center), pictured with her children Christopher and Joanne

The 64-year-old originally flew to Manchester in February 2020 to help her children Joanne and Christopher prepare for the birth of her two new grandchildren

The 64-year-old originally flew to Manchester in February 2020 to help her children Joanne and Christopher prepare for the birth of her two new grandchildren

The 64-year-old originally flew to Manchester in February 2020 to help her children Joanne and Christopher prepare for the birth of her two new grandchildren

‘I came to England with nothing but my clothes, so it was really like starting from scratch – because of the lockdown I had to order furniture online which wasn’t available until March.

“So I moved into the house with literally just a mattress my daughter lent me and a chair I managed to buy from Dunelm.

“Friends and family helped me loan things out until I got myself back in order.”

She has kept in touch with her husband via WhatsApp for the past 22 months and the couple hope they can both come back next year so he can see the grandchildren for the first time. They plan to split their time between Eccles and Australia in the future.

Ms Vennix has missed two of Martin’s birthdays, including his 70th, while he was locked up in Eccles for 22 months – and he just missed her 64th birthday this week.

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