Following on from our previous update, further restrictions for the Coronavirus Travel Ban have been added to include travellers from the Republic of Korea and Italy.
Here‘s what you need to know:
- From 5 March 2020, travellers from Italy were required to undergo enhanced health screening and temperature tests. Please note, from 11 March 2020, the Government has imposed a further restriction to individuals who had travelled from or through Italy in the last 14 days. Travellers from Italy are now also included in Australia’s Coronavirus Travel Ban.
- The travel ban now includes temporary visa holders (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who have been in the Republic of Korea on or after 5 March 2020. These travellers will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from of leaving or transiting through the Republic of Korea.
- Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter Australia, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependants only). However, they will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left the Republic of Korea.
- The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will increase the level of travel advisory for the Republic of Korea to ‘Reconsider your need to travel’ (level 3 of 4), and to ‘Do not travel’ (level 4 of 4) for Daegu in Korea.
We recommend that businesses and individuals continue to postpone travel arrangements between China, Korea, Italy, Iran and Australia until confirmation that the travel ban has been lifted. Arriving at the border while the travel ban is place will result in denied entry and visa cancellation.
If you have had your visa cancelled due to the travel ban, you may wish to seek professional advice.