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.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Australia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- U.S. Consulates General in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth
- State Department – Consular Affairs
- 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Australia Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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