Travel restrictions.

The Australian Government announced on 12 March 2020 that travel restrictions will continue to apply to travelers arriving from any part of mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy.

  • Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in the following countries will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through:
    • mainland China
    • Iran
    • Republic of Korea
    • Italy.
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as well as their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependents only). They will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy.
  • Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited a country subject to travel restrictions within the previous 14 days, with the exception of:
    • Australian citizens
    • permanent residents
    • New Zealand citizens resident in Australia
    • immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents, and legal guardians.
  • Australian citizens and residents who have domestic connections to home, you can travel to the airport for your flight. If you are not heading directly to the airport you must self-isolate at your hotel or other accommodation until you head to the airport.
  • Airline crew (including medivac crew) are exempt from the travel restrictions provided the appropriate personal protective equipment is utilized during the journey and in public spaces (including airports), and the crew member is not displaying any symptoms. This includes off-shift crew who are traveling as passengers on an aircraft to reposition at another location. The same process is to be followed for this cohort as an on-shift crew.
  • These enhanced public safety measures will apply to those seeking to enter Australia as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country.
  • These measures are temporary and will be reviewed.

International visitors

  • Foreign nationals (not permanent residents of Australia) are asked not to travel to Australia at this time if:
    • you are or have been in mainland China since 1 February 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you are or have been in Iran on or after 1 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you are or have been in the Republic of Korea on or after 5 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • you are or have been in Italy on or after 11 March 2020, and you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or an immediate family member (spouse, de facto partner, minor dependant or legal guardian) of an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • If you attempt to travel to Australia, either directly or indirectly, your airline will not allow you to board the flight.
  • If you do arrive in Australia, your visa may be canceled.
  • If you must travel and have onward connections (domestic and international) you can go to the airport to make your domestic connection and complete your period of self-isolation at this point. You are required to self-isolate at your hotel until 14 days have passed since your last overseas port or until you head to the airport to make your way home

Temporary visa holders outside Australia

  • Temporary visa holders who are ineligible for entry into Australia and are not exempt under one of the above categories will have their visa considered for cancellation if they attempt to travel to Australia.
  • If you think your visa may have been canceled under enhanced border control measures, please email visa.cancellations@homeaffairs.gov.au with your details including full name, date of birth and passport number.

On 22 February 2020, limited exemptions from travel restrictions were announced for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China.

  • Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China due to Australian travel restrictions (apart from those from Hubei Province) have been offered a strict pathway to resume their studies in recognition of the importance of the final two years of school. The exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis.

Source: Home Affairs