As at 26 March 2020
The Australian Government is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely.
Travel restrictions are currently in place for Australia in line with recommendations from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee including the following:
- Non-essential domestic travel should be postponed, where possible, or cancelled. Several Australian states have closed their borders including Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.
- Only residents and essential personnel will be permitted to travel to Lord Howe Island during the travel ban (effective 22 March 2020 until at least 18 June 2020), and anyone returning to the island will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
- From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
- All passengers arriving in Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival (effective from midnight Sunday 15 March 2020).
- Cruise ships from foreign ports are banned from arriving at Australian ports for 30 days (effective Sunday 15 March 2020).
- Temporary measures including border restrictions for travellers from China, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Italy remain in place and will be reviewed based on the best available public health advice. This excludes Australian residents who must still self-isolate for 14 days.
- Travel alerts are also in place for a number of other countries. If you are considering travelling overseas or visiting Australia you should contact your travel agent and visit the Australian Government's Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date advice.
- If you are travelling please follow NSW Health advice regarding personal hygiene, social distancing and events and gatherings.
All pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos will be closed from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes should now offer takeaway only.
Food courts, auction houses, real estate auctions and open inspections, outdoor and indoor markets (not produce/food markets), beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas and massage parlours, amusement parks and arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, community and recreation centres, health clubs/fitness centres/yoga/barre/spin facilities, saunas and wellness centres, social sporting-based activities, swimming pools, galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, youth centres, local government non-essential facilities and services and community facilities (such as community halls, RSLs, PCYCs) are closed as of midnight Wednesday 25 March.
NB: There are some exemptions and special circumstances for hairdresser, personal training/bootcamps, weddings and funerals. See the Australian Health webpage for specific advice on public gatherings.
Non-essential static gatherings of 100 people or more indoors, or 500 people or more outdoors (i.e. where people are in close proximity for extended periods of time) will be banned effective from Wednesday 18 March 2020. All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm.
These measures do not apply to shopping centres, public transport or domestic air travel which continue to operate. Check with local operators for latest advice.
For information on how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, please follow Australian Health expert advice: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Good hygiene recommendations include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- If you are sick, avoid contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away from people
For localised advice: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx