The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Travel Ban from China to Australia has been extended from 15 February 2020 for a further week.
Impact for Temporary Visa Holders
Travel restrictions to enter Australia will continue to apply to Temporary Visa holders (excluding Permanent Residents) who have been in mainland China. Temporary Visa holders will not be permitted to re-enter Australia for 14 days from the time of leaving mainland China.
Arriving at the border while the travel ban is place will result in denied entry and visa cancellation.
Impact for Australian Permanent Residents and Citizens
Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians and dependants only) who have been in mainland China since 1 February 2020 may return to Australia. They will however be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.
Interstaff Q&A’s | Further Information
There is a possibility the travel ban may be extended further and we recommend that businesses and individuals continue to postpone travel arrangements between China and Australia until at least late February or until confirmation that the travel ban has been lifted.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee will re-assess the restrictions in one week. In the meantime, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has maintained its travel advice for mainland China at “Do Not Travel”.