Australia bans foreign nationals with travel to mainland China since Feb. 1, from entering the country.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 02 Feb 2020 06:17 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: Feb. 1
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Australian authorities will prevent foreign travelers who have transited or left mainland China since Feb. 1, from entering Australia. The restrictions are meant to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country. Travelers who have permanent residency status and long-term passes in Australia, along with their immediate relatives, will be exempted from the restrictions. Authorities have not announced the intended duration of the travel restrictions, which will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Australia. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions