Australian authorities extend ban on foreign passengers from mainland China through at least Feb. 22. Further extensions likely.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 14 Feb 2020 07:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Feb 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

Summary
Authorities have extended a ban on foreign travelers from mainland China through at least Feb. 22. Canberra instituted the measure Feb. 1 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 restrictions. Officials say they will review the restriction weekly, but further extensions of the measure are likely in some form, depending on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Advice
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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