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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Australia (March 16, 2020)
March 16, 2020

Location:  Australia

Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 80,000 reported cases worldwide.

CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for Australia.

On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced:

  • All travelers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, and
  • A ban on cruise liners from foreign ports arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.
  • Existing bans on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea, or Italy will continue.

The government of Australia has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  These measures apply to those seeking to enter Australia, as well as those seeking to transit through Australia en route to another country. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for additional information on these new measures.

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