Australian authorities continue to ban foreign passengers from mainland China as of Feb. 21. Further extensions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 21 Feb 2020 09:03 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Entry ban for passengers from mainland China; possible increased immigration wait times

Authorities continue to ban foreign travelers from mainland China from entering the country as of Feb. 21 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Travelers who have permanent residency status and long-term passes in Australia, along with their immediate relatives, are exempted from the restriction. Officials will review the measure weekly; authorities have extended the ban through at least Feb. 29. Further extensions of the restriction are likely, depending on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Follow all official instructions. Rebook flights to avoid transiting mainland China. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, 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.

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